WHO IS LIKE YOU? “What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” (Isaiah 46:11b)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The answer to the question of this article’s title is no one! There is no one whom we can compare God to. A gospel song writer sang: ‘I have searched over all the earth, throughout eternity, and found there is none like You.’ After the Children of Israel had been set free by Pharaoh and had started their journey to the Promised Land, Pharaoh had a change of heart and mobilised his army in hot pursuit. Then God made the Children of Israel cross the Red Sea on dry ground whilst the Egyptian army was swallowed up by the surging waves as the waters closed in on them.

When The Children of Israel saw how God had manifested His mighty hand on their behalf, they burst into a song of triumph in jubilation: “Who among the gods is like You, O LORD? Who is like You---majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? You stretched out Your hand and the earth swallowed them.” (Exodus 15: 11-12)

Whatever may look like a stumbling block in your way or that has put up resistance all these years; however stubborn it proves to be, always remember that that situation will not endure. It is not permanent. God, who has the final say, is aware of its presence and the sleepless nights it is causing you. We tend to give more prominence to our problems than we do to the Omnipotent One. In so doing, we magnify the problem and diminish our God. Every time we face a problem, let us just hand it over to Jesus, for when we ponder and murmur over it, and repeatedly talk about it, we promote its growth and permit it to produce roots.

Of course, it is assumed that we have a covenant relationship with God, signed by the blood of Jesus, His Son. It is important that we identify with Him, otherwise we are not privileged to make withdrawals where we have not made deposits. For the Bible teaches that when we know our God we shall clearly perform exploits. (Daniel 11:32) God has our backs covered all the way the sooner we decide to abandon all others to fellowship with Him. God wants to show Himself strong on our behalf but we have to abandon the steering wheel of our lives to His able hands. That may not be an easy thing to accomplish since some of us have secret compartments that are out of bounds and for ‘our eyes only.’  We do not want God to come close for fear of exposure. Those closets in our lives that have been padlocked and labelled ‘no access,’ must be declassified.

For God and His Son to come into our lives we must open the door wide open when He knocks. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Child of God, you who recognise the Son, that He came to this world and you received Him, hear this; “... to those who believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God – children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12) In matters concerning our existence or passage on this earth we are completely ignorant. We had no clue when we came in and would not know the day we would exit. Everything is in God’s hand as part of His majestic plan.

Outside of God’s plan, we will drift like a piece of wood -- tossed by the flood, not knowing where it would land. God‘s word states that we are either on His side or we are opposed to Him. “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30) As ‘pilgrims in this barren land,’ we must be attentive to the voice of God – particularly when there are conflicting voices and we are lost in the maze of appeals and declarations of all sorts demanding our attention. Our Lord Jesus declared in no uncertain terms; “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him, may have eternal life.” (John 3:15)

“For God did not send His Son into the word to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe in Him stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s One and Only Son.” (John 3:17) You may think you can direct your life all on your own, better still handle your problems whatever the magnitude. Whatever it is, God has the final say as the Creator of the world which besides is temporary in nature. 

“O LORD You have searched me and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”   (Psalm 139:1-4) David the psalmist asked the question, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”  God is everywhere “in the heavens, ... in the depths, ... on the wings of the dawn ... on the far side of the sea” “even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10)

In essence, God is questioning our ability to hide from Him since He is an Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent God. God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:11)  Victory belongs to Jesus and to Him alone!