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One God

“I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can’t even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can’t rescue anyone from trouble.

“Do not forget this! Keep it in mind! Remember this, you guilty ones. Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.”

Isaiah 46:4-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

Sometimes in life, we forget where we come from. Even some who know and claim Jesus Christ as Savior of the world try to take ownership of their existence and attempt to live as if they are in control of their futures. Intolerance for those less fortunate becomes the attitude and arrogance is evident in the behavior. Presenting blessings received to appear superior to others is demonstrated through prideful actions. This may not seem like a form of idolatry, but it is exactly that. When we act as if we think we are more or better than anyone, we are trying to be gods. And the true and only God does not like that. He has no equal. He alone is God. The only wise God. There is none like Him.

From before the cradle to the grave, we have a Creator who is in total control of all He has made. From Alpha to Omega, beginning to end, His omnipotence is great. He demonstrates His power to us in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He does not require our help to do anything but allows us to rely upon His help to live. He is pleased with our worship and praise when He sees it coming from sincere hearts. He desires our love and devotion, but does not need it. However, He does take notice when we are devoted to anyone or anything else. God can do whatever He wants to do. He chooses to love us in our imperfection, as ungrateful and unloving as we sometimes can be and even then He still provides for our needs. When we put Him first, we can confidently put our trust in Him.

God will not compete with any of the gods we make up, whether they be other things we put before Him or the gods we try to make of ourselves. Since He holds the future and has orchestrated the past, it is for our good to give Him glory for who He is. He is much better at being God than anyone or anything on this planet and everything He plans will come to pass. And in His Words: "Do not forget this! Keep it in mind!"

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