Saturday, January 28, 2012

God is Known

 1In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
 2In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
 3There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. 

God is Known

Three little words, and yet what a difference they make in one's life! God is known. What, really, does that mean? Does not everyone know that God is God? No!

This does not mean that everyone knows that there is a God; instead, it means that Judah and Israel knew the true God, and put their trust in Him. They understood that it was God who fought and won their battles; if they went to battle armed with their own strength they would fail.

How many people today truly know God? How many people understand that they cannot put one foot before the other and succeed if they are doing so on their own power? How many people understand that all of their knowledge, strength, and efforts are futile apart from the one and only true God of all Gods, King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords?

We live in a time where God is known by only a few; even those who once gave glory and honor to God for their success, have abandoned such archaic ideas in favor of giving honor to man. Is it not man who picks himself up by his bootstraps and, against all odds, gains the glory and prestige for himself?

What has replaced God in our day? Technology, money, power, prestige, etc. Has God changed? With all of man's new discoveries and ideas, does God now expect man to make his way alone?

Even Judah and Israel had to learn that lesson the hard way; time and time again God showed Himself to be powerful on their behalf, and yet when they turned away from Him, it was to their utter downfall and defeat.
We live in a time of many great advancements and discoveries, but the basic truth still remains the same. When God is known in the lives of His people; when they love, honor, and trust in Him, alone, He will honor and uphold them, even in times with extraordinary odds against them. 

Go to God today. Know Him, learn of Him, trust Him, obey Him. As He has promised in times past, so does He promise forever that He will never leave nor forsake His trusting children. 

We may live in the 21st century, but God is still in control. He still brakes the arrows of the bow, the shield, the sword, and the battle. The time will come when all will bow down and honor Him as Lord and King! May God hasten the day!

God Bless You,

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