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There Is No Other

December 1, 2017

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There Is No Other

Sometimes we get into  a rather desperate search  for something  and it’s good to hear  that everything  that was searched for  has finally been found.     The search can be ended.    We don’t have to  anxiously look around  any more.

God wants to tell us  that our search is over.    We don’t have to  anxiously look around  for another possible god  of any sort  because there is no other God.    In the book of Isaiah,  God talks  to the people  of Israel  about how they worshiped idols  that could not hear,  see,  or move.     The people worshiped  a hunk of wood carved  into a statue.   There was no way  that hunk of wood  had power  to do anything.     The people even had  to carry it around  as they cared  for it.

Because that piece of wood  was powerless,  it was sinful  to pretend  and hope  that it had power  to answer prayer.     In spite of Israel’s sinful idol worship,  the LORD still loved them  and wanted  to get them  to face the truth,  so they could have the peace  and salvation  they needed.

In Isaiah 46:8-10,  God says this  to Israel,

Remember this,  and be assured;
Recall it to mind,  you transgressors.
Remember the former things  long past,
For I am God,  and there is  no other;
I am God,  and there is no one  like Me,
Declaring the end  from the beginning
And from ancient times  things which have not been done,
Saying,  ‘My purpose  will be established,
And I will accomplish  all My good pleasure.’

The Israelites were a people  who saw first hand  the fulfillment  of many different prophecies.     They had the prophecies recorded  in their scriptures  and they were living  through the fulfillment,  just as God said they would.

It was God’s love  that urged them  to remember  what was written  and look  at how it was fulfilled.    God did all that  to prove that He keeps His word  —  and to build the faith  of the Israelites,  who were being awfully faithless.     The idols  the Israelites carried around  were helpless  —  just a pile of junk.     Trusting in a piece of wood  brought no assurance  or peace.

It was in pity  that God longed  to turn them away  from their futile idol worship  and cause them  to think about the truths  they knew  and needed  to face up to.   They needed  to take the time  to recollect  all that had happened  in Israel’s history  and figure out the truth  about God.

If they would only take an honest look  at the facts,  they would easily be able  to see  that there is no other God  than the LORD God Almighty.     God knew  that it was sheer stubbornness  that caused the people  to refuse  to admit  to the truths  throughout their history.

In His everlasting love  for all of us,  God also asks us  to look at the history  of this world  as it is recorded  in the Bible  and other historical records.     When we do,  we will find  a great comfort  and reassurance  in seeing how trustworthy  the LORD is.     We can know for sure  that when He says  our sins are forgiven  when we turn  to Christ  in repentance,  they truly are totally forgiven  and forgotten.

What a wonderful  and comforting blessing it is  to know for sure  that there is no other god  —  and there is absolutely no one  like the LORD our God.     We can totally depend  on His guidance  and promises.     We don’t have to look  anywhere else.

As we think  about all the evidence we have  of God’s faithfulness  and truthfulness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     We can rest  in Jesus’ love  and forgiveness  because He has proven  He is true.     God really does love  every one of us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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