“Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
– Isaiah 44:8
There was a belief in ancient pagan religions that there were many gods; in fact, practically every nationality believed this. There was a god of trees, a god of sky, a god of sun, a god of mountains, and so on, regardless of their individual names. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of gods at times — in essence, they were vast, insane, cruel, and at odds with one another. Humans, according to this tradition, were like puppets who had to appease a slew of power-hungry divine creatures; they were caught up in a weird cosmic conflict. When Yahweh revealed Himself to Abraham as the One True God, the Jewish people had a message to tell the rest of the world: they could be free of the gods’ war and place their faith in the Almighty God. Jehovah’s message to Israel and the rest of the world is that He is one, just, and loving.
You are not a participant in some odd cosmic conflict, my friend. The Creator of the Universe sees you, understands who you are, and desires the best for you. He isn’t punishing you or forgetting about you. No matter what you’re wrestling with, whether your own sin, a wrong done to you, or the perceived indifference of those you thought cared, Jesus has redeemed your struggle. Nothing you can go through on this world will ever be able to take you out of the hands of the One who loves you so dearly. He knows the beginning from the end and has a firm grip on all of history. Everything will make sense in the end because you are doing life with Him, and it will be lovely! Isn’t it wonderful news?
Jesus, I am very grateful that you are the One True God and that you have each of your children in your hands. Thank you for looking out for me and helping me overcome my challenges.
Do you ever feel as if God is punishing you or if He has forgotten about you? What truth can you use to refute that thought?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
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See Deuteronomy 6: 4-9