Him Alone

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5a, NIV)

In Isaiah 45, we read about the calling of King Cyrus to accomplish God’s purposes. King Cyrus, while not a servant of God, was anointed and used by God to bring God’s plans to fruition. In God’s message to Cyrus, God makes it very clear to the king that he’s an earthly king, and he’s just that. His earthly kingship cannot be compared to that of God’s sovereignty and superiority. In essence, God is the Chief Potentate; He is the ruler without superior.

Not surprisingly, in the speaking of the ten commandments to the Israelites, in Exodus 20, God reveals His autonomy and supremacy in the first commandment – “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” To emphasize the importance of this very nature of God, we read also about Jesus Christ the conqueror, who is God, in Revelation 19:16: And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” The sovereignty of God is so emphatic that it is tattooed, if you will, on Christ’s heavenly body.

What then, do you make of all this? There is nothing in our lives that we as believers should place above or before God. Anything of such in our lives is idolatry and not a virtue of a true Christ follower. All the things we have or want in life will never compare to who God is and what He brings to us. Be it our relationships, our careers, our financial, social, or political status, and even our stance on vaccines; none of these should come close to God’s lordship over our lives. We need to learn to put these in their rightful place relative to our surrender and obedience to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

By now, you should be easing out of the holidays with all its fanfare, giftings, gatherings and so forth. My prayer is that none of the gifts we may have received, none of the relational bonds we may have enjoyed, and all that we may have experienced over the Christmas season, will creep up to become gods. Rather, let us joyfully and humbly submit them to the One who is Lord of all. 

As we embark on this journey of a new year, let us proactively place God above all things. Let us pursue God with purpose, for whoever pursues righteousness and love (which is God in His fullness) finds life, prosperity and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)

By George Donkor

George and his wife, Christiana, are proud parents of Annajoy and Elijah. They love serving Jesus together and showing Him to the world around them.

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