Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
Source: Psalm 16:4 (The Message)
God is God. There is only one God. That God is Yahweh, the heavenly Father of Jesus, our Messiah. God is in control of everything. God is sovereign. God reigns. This is the main thing and core to all of God’s attributes.
When you bundle all the attributes of God in one unified whole, you have God. God is not just one or two things. God is unlike anything or anyone we could ever know or imagine. He is one of a kind, unique and without comparison. Even describing him with mere words truly falls short of capturing who he is – our words simply cannot do justice to describe our holy God.
God is infinite, never changes, has no needs, all powerful, all-knowing, always everywhere, full of perfect, unchanging wisdom, faithful, good, just, wrathful, merciful, gracious, loving, holy, glorious, infinitely beautiful, and great and more. God is God.
Consider this. In Psalm 100:3 David says:
Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
This is a big deal and one of the major themes of our life with Jesus. It all starts with “Our Father, who is in Heaven, Holy is your name”. It continues with “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
If I do not like God, can I just go shop for another God? Our culture seems to be moving in that direction. All God’s are the same, aren’t they? Shouldn’t we respect Allah? Jesus said “Don’t you ever read the Bible? How God at the bush said to Moses, ‘I am—not was—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? The living God is God of the living, not the dead.” (Mark 12)
Gods are not for sale. God is God.
- Don’t like the one I have; can’t I just switch like I would switch from one brand of phone to another?
- Can I upgrade?
- Isn’t there a newer version ready yet?
No, I can’t go God shopping.
God has a purpose in all that he does in the world, and he providentially governs or directs all things in order that they accomplish his purposes. We read in the Psalms, “His kingdom rules over all” (Ps. 103:19).
Moreover, “he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’ ” (Dan. 4:35).
Paul affirms that “from him and through him and to him are all things” (Rom. 11:36) and that “God has put all things in subjection under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:27). God is the one who “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph. 1:11), so that ultimately “at the name of Jesus” every knee will bow “in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10–11).
It is because Paul knows that God is sovereign overall and works his purposes in every event that happens that Paul can declare that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).