Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Only Living God

Isaiah 37:17-20

I can catch myself finding comfort and depending on many things that are material and not living.   These things can include money, my job, food, clothing, and shelter.  Not a single one of these things will always be around forever - the money will get spent, I could lose my job, I can run out of food, my clothes will get worn out, and a natural disaster could take out my shelter.  You can see where putting our faith and trust in these things really only brings more worries and stress.  There is a better way!  There is someone who is alive and cares about us and He is the One on whom we should depend.  Our human eyes like to see substance and create dependence on what we can see.  This is why it is so important to remember the things God has done for ourselves and others that demonstrate that He is the Living God.  Please read Isaiah 37:17-20.

King Sennecherib was the king of Assyria and was known for his brutality.  He had made very strong threats against the Israelites and claimed that God would not be able to protect them against his might just as the gods of all the other nations failed them.  This prayer is the prayer the king Hezekiah prayed to God in the temple after hearing this threat.  Hezekiah spoke his faith in his prayer before God by saying that all the other gods failed to help them because they were only made of wood and stone and were destroyed by the Assyrians.  He prayed that God would show His protection and might so that the Assyrians would see that He is the only living God.

Yesterday, I briefly explored the idea that the work God does in our lives happens so we can be a witness to the fact that God is real and alive and powerful.  We can be a witness that He is the only God.  If you continue to read through the story of Sennacherib and Hezekiah, you will see that God speaks a word against Sennacherib telling him that he was only given power because God gave him that power.  God killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers that night, so Sennacherib went back to Nineveh where he was killed by two of his sons.  God doesn't need our witness to the fact that He is the only living God because He can defend Himself just  fine; however, He chooses to work through us to show us He cares like only the one living God can care.  We then become a standing stone of the fact that the living God loves and cares for us all.  We can find comfort and dependence in the one true and living God.

Do you believe that God is the one and only living God.  Do you seek comfort in God?

Linking up with A Pause On the Path and Soli Deo Gloria.

4 comments:

  1. Sharon, you and I are on the same page today with our posts. To seek help, comfort, peace, or even salvation from anything other than God is such foolishness.

    I love the account of King Hezekiah and Sennacherib. Hezekiah knew that his help came from the Lord. Stopping by from Soli Deo Gloria today. Many blessings!

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  2. good word...yes standing on the stone...God cares and God loves....what a comfort...
    Blessings to you...

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  3. Yes, oh, I so believe this. I have nothing without Him, even if I had everything in the world. So glad you linked up with SDG!

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  4. If we truly believe that the only power we have is from God, then we should not fear stepping out in obedience because we should believe HE will do it for us. Thanks for linking up with On Your Heart Tuesdays.
    I love your reading list!!

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