The general laws are winding down. You are now required to thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something. Life is not free. There are consequences. We wish we could preach that every day. The second aspect of the verse is that importance should not be given to the existence of the other gods. The truth is that what you talk about increases, what you ignore decreases. It doesn’t say: be ignorant, but don’t give it attention. Maura Thomas in an article on Stress Management in Harvard Business Review,March 2018 has this to say. “ Your attention determines the experiences you have, and the experiences you have determine the life you live. Rather than allowing distractions to derail you, choose where you direct your attention at any given moment, based on an understanding of your priorities and goals”. So to get control of your life, you have to control what you pay attention to. In the New Testament, your attention must be focused on the Lord Jesus, the word and the direction of the Holy Spirit( 1Tim.4:6; Heb.2:1; 2Peter1:19). Today what will you need to pay attention to?
And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth…Exodus 23:13