Friday, 19 June 2020
Title: No one like our God
Author: Prathab V
Psalm 86: 8-10
I grew up in the spiritual tradition of my family, worshipping many gods. Then, I stood in awe and was impressed with their immense power and beauty. Growing up, I became aware that these gods had their flaws. They quarrel, prone to envy, cheat and wage wars. Then, I often wondered: “Why do the gods lie or trick people? Why are the gods always envious of one another? Are they like men?”.
In Asia, there are gods and demigods almost everywhere. There is a god in the corner of the restaurant, there is a god under a tree, there is a god in the construction site and even on the dashboard of a taxi. I could go on and give many other examples, but you get the idea.
We Asians understand that there is a transcendental spiritual power above us. We believe that these spiritual powers can have an influence and impact the outcome of our daily lives. So, we pray that the gods will not be angry with us. We seek to appease them with various food offerings and promises of good behaviour. Even when the gods misbehave among themselves, we are required to be in the best of behaviour and worship them.
Are these so-called powers really gods? If not, what God is really like? Is He angry with us? What does He want from us? According to the pastor, preacher and author AW Tozer, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” True indeed!
Some say God is a spirit. Others say He looks like a man. Some even say God can be part man and part animal. Those who subscribe to pantheism say that God and nature are the same thing. Pantheists say that God and the rest of the universe, including nature, such as the trees, rivers, mountains, plants and animals are all part of God. In fact, the pantheists say that even the distant planets, stars, constellations and galaxies are part of God. To them, everything is part of God.
Not so the Bible. The scripture says that our God, the ancient Elohim, the mighty El-Shaddai, is separate from the creation. The creator and the creation are not the same. It cannot be! God created everything through Jesus (Colossians 1:16). According to the Bible, the entire creation actually bows down to the God of the Bible (Ps 19:1; Ps 66:4; Ps 148; Ps 96: 11-13). Even the nations are said to come to Him to worship Him alone (Ps 86:9).
And this God, the Ancient One, mighty in power and awesome in holiness, lives within us today, through His Son, Jesus. Isn’t that amazing? We are the temple of His Spirit (1 Cor 6:19). How wonderful that is, that the Lord God Almighty is in us, in those who confess Christ as Lord and Saviour. Truly, there is no one like Him.
God exists. And He is kind, forgiving, powerful and waiting for us to come back to Him through Jesus. He is waiting right now to listen to your prayers. Christian writer and philosopher, GK Chesterton once said: “If there were no God, there would be no atheists!”. Touche.
I believe in only one God. And He is the God of the Bible. There is no one like Him.
Lord, truly there is no one like You. Let me understand this truth always so that I may worship You only all the days of my life. Amen.