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One Good God

“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

In pagan religions of old, there was an idea that there were many gods; in fact, in ancient times, nearly every nationality believed this. No matter what their specific names, there was a god of trees, a god of sky, a god of sun, a god of mountains, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes there were hundreds if not thousands of gods — in essence, they were many, they were mad, they were mean, and they were warring with each other. According to this tradition, human beings were like little pawns that had to appease a plethora of power-hungry divine entities; they were caught in a bizarre battle of the cosmos.

When Yahweh revealed Himself to Abraham as the One true God, the Jewish people had a story to tell the rest of the world: that they could be released from the war of the gods and put their faith in God Almighty. The message Jehovah gave to Israel and to the world is that He is one, He is just, and He is love.

Friend, you are not part of some strange battle of the cosmos. The God of all creation sees you, knows you, and wants the very best for you. He is not punishing you nor has He forgotten 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. There is nothing you can endure on this earth that can ever snatch you out of the Hand of the One who loves you so much. He knows the beginning from the end and He holds all of history in His grip. Because you are doing life with Him, everything will make sense in the end, and it will be good! Isn’t that fantastic news?

Prayer


I am so grateful, Jesus, that you are the One true God and that you have every one of your children in your grip. Thank you for caring for me and redeeming the difficulties in my life.

Reflection


Do you ever feel like God is punishing you or that He has forgotten you? What truth can you counter that thought with?

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