Saturday, January 30, 2016

God Alone

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

“Come, come my friend. Get your god right here!” That’s what a vendor told our group as we walked past a gift shop on a recent trip to Turkey. We were at Pergamum, one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor mentioned in the book of the Revelation [2:12-17]. I was intrigued, so I stopped for just a moment, and sure enough, he had gods galore; little wooden statues, hundreds of them, representing a variety of so-called gods. 

In biblical times, and our own, people believed in a variety of gods - sun gods, moon gods, rain gods, war gods, et al. Paul was troubled at the many gods worshipped in Greece when he was in Athens, and later, Corinth [see Acts 17:16]. That’s why it is important to get it right about the GOD you say you serve. 

The Old and New Testaments emphasize the uniqueness of God — the One who is God by nature, not granted godhood at the whim of man. He is “above all,” emphasizing His sovereignty. He is “through all,” emphasizing His providential care. He is “in all,” emphasizing His personal, indwelling presence [Ephesians 4:6].

In His self-revelation to mankind, God revealed His uniqueness. And while there are many, here are just two examples:

Today, recognize and keep in mind that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below; there is no other [Deuteronomy 4: 39].

I am Yahweh, and there is no other; there is no God but Me. I will strengthen you, though you do not know Me, so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is no one but Me [Isaiah 45:5-6].

The God of the Bible (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is the only God deserving our worship. Like the Psalmist said, He’s the one we worship when we “enter His gates;” Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His—His people, the sheep of His pasture [Psalm 100:3].

When we revere God alone, we will be a powerful witness to the world.

There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords. But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for Him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

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