Isaiah 44:6-8 "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it, let him declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any."
Where do weeds come from? Why do mosquitoes bite? Why do bees sting? From our childhood we have been taught that there are 3 enemies to our soul, the world, the flesh and the devil. These would lead us to despair, unbelief, and finally to Hell. And as well as we know these things, so also we have been taught the way of faith, by grace through faith, in Jesus Christ.
We have learned that each day, we are called to choose, Whom will we serve? For though we have chosen to follow Jesus, each day, the world, the flesh and the devil bring to us many temptations, and with each temptation, is the question: Whom will you serve?
This is why sin is so serious. Its not because the little things that tempt are of such consequence; but because sin, any sin, separates us from God. The thing that tempts us to lie, is the thought, its only a little white lie, what will it hurt? And this brings us back to the question which comes with every temptation, Whom will you serve? When we sin, we give answer to this question, saying, I choose to serve the world, the flesh, and the devil; and I abandon God. Sin separates us from God, not so much because God removes himself, but it is we who move ourselves from God. If, as the psalm says, "we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of His hand" then sin is nothing less that jumping out of the hands of God, jumping into oblivion.
Thank the grace of God, that though we often jump, his grace leads us to a quick repentance, and his mercy forgives our sin, and saves us from our rapid downward descent, lifting us back to the place where we belong, something which is not earned, but freely given, by grace through faith.
It is because of our personal experience in the grace of God, and in the forgiveness we received richly and daily, that is not difficult to acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Savior and friend. And sometimes we can become quite proud of the fact that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, and this again [in pride] is temptation.
What is the temptation? It is an old one, one that goes back to the beginning, for in the garden, Eve added to the Word of God, she added "we may not touch it". What have we by tradition added to the Word of God? I can find no place where the Bible talks about faith consisting of accepting Jesus as Savior and Friend. It is true that Jesus is our Savior, and it true also that Jesus is our friend, but faith is defined as Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior. And we have great difficulty accepting Jesus as LORD.
Its not that we have NO other lords. Rather, we have lots of other Lords, chief among them is probably that I am Lord, and I will do what I want. And if it is not that, we may find that work, pleasure, wealth, power, sex, happiness and many other things can become the Lord of our life. So also glamour, movies, and sports..... I some of the recent Olympic coverage there were striking similarities between the "filler" and a worship service. For when it comes to singing the praises of any person or thing, Isnít that at the heart of worship? And when we know more about any of these other Lords than we do about God, is it any wonder that our praise of God seems empty and hollow, and unfulfilling. Why, because our pursuit of the other Lords has blinded us to the mighty works of God which fill the world and our daily lives.
All this brings us back to the central question, Is there Any other god, like the LORD, our God? NO! There is not. And the praise of God must begin, not with lamenting the weeds, but praising God for the good seed, and for the wheat, and faith that when the harvest comes, God will sort it all out. For it is Godís will that none of His tender planting should perish, and as for the weeds, that was the work of "the enemy" and though it appears to flourish for a time, in the day of judgment, which is soon coming, it will be destroyed. If there is not other God, like the Lord our God, let us not let sin separates us from him, and the salvation he has bought for us in the blood of Jesus Christ. And let us encourage others also to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, and especially as LORD.