THE GOD THAT IS WORTH FOLLOWING
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” – 1 kings 18:21.
Although the worship of deities goes with choice making, there come periods in our lives as worshipers of God, when it becomes crucial for us to place our minds on the reasoning-line and think through to be sure whether we are indeed following the genuine God. According to the opening scripture, there came a time that the Israelites found themselves in such a quandary.
THE LINE IS SLIM:
When Elijah asked them to make a choice between his God and Baal, they kept quiet because they were not sure who the true God is. They were in a dilemma! What does this tell us? That the line between the genuine and the fake, when it comes to identifying the true God, is very thin. Remember, satan’s main ambition is to be like God(Isaiah 14:12-14).Satan came to introduce a fake god into the system of worship. You will agree with me that it is possible to be deceived to buy a fake product as genuine due to their closeness in semblance. This is equally true with the worship of God, especially in a domain where there is a fake god roaming ‘to and fro’ seeking worship.
Apostle Paul once fell victim to this phenomenon. While he aided and abetted the killing of Christians, Paul thought he was on course until he had an encounter with Christ. Hear him after his conversion: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” – 1 Tim 3:16.
WORSHIP GOES WITH REASONING:
The question is: which ‘God’ was Paul killing Christians for? Of course the fake one! This is why we must not suspend our reasoning even when worshiping God. God said in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together,..”. Meaning God expects us to reason even concerning spiritual issues. The Holy Spirit came to help us use our minds effectively. Isaiah 2:2-3 says “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD”. Let us peruse His attributes the Spirit of the Lord(1)Wisdom (2)understanding (3) counsel (4) knowledge. All these are mind based. Meaning the Holy Spirit came to help us reason effectively.
Reasoning is necessary because the genuine God teaches His people by concealing truth for them to search and find. Proverbs 25:2 says “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter”. Meaning, God does not tell you everything about Himself; He gives us clues and expects you to reason between the lines to discover who He really is. The following are few scriptural clues to help us identify the true God:
THE SCRIPTURAL CLUES:
Clue 1. Luke 9:54-46 “And when his disciples…saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them,…? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”Meaning the ‘God’ who instructs his followers to kill and destroy lives, is not worth following (John 10:10).
Clue 2: Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him…” God knocks for His followers to open. Meaning the God who forces men to worship him is not worth following. Worship is a thing of love; and love is not by force. Love gives room for choice. That is why God created us with free will and not as robots. The ‘God’ who forces men to worship him is obviously not the creator; because he would have created us as robots without free will.
Clue 3: Matthew 19:8 “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery”. Meaning, hardness of heart brought in wives; so wives should be put away; wife must not be put away. Therefore the ‘God’ who instructs his followers to marry many wives is not worth following (especially by women). God created Adam and Eve not ‘Eves’.
Clue 4: Genesis 2:22 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man”. Meaning, marriage is for women and not for girls. Therefore, the ‘God’ who instructs his followers to marry girls who could not take personal decisions due to immaturity, is not worth following. By the time the girl becomes an adult, she is already in a marriage she did not decide. This is evil!
Clue 5: Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father…” This presents to us the God who became a man. That is the God worth following. The God who has never lived in the flesh is not worth following! He has never experienced our kind of difficulties (Hebrew 2:14-15 cements this truth).
Clue 6: Isaiah 49:25 “But thus saith the LORD, …for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children” God contends for His children. Hence, the ‘God’ who killed his Son to salvage a situation is not worth following! Wow! That sounds like heresy! But no it is not! That is why Jesus told us to search the Scriptures (John 5:39). The God who killed Himself for His followers to live is the True God! He is the one worth following! John 15:13 says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. If God is the greatest lover, then dying for others to live is the requirement for His position. If Jesus satisfied that position then of course Jesus is God Almighty! No two ways about this! Isaiah 43:10-11 says “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior”! Jesus is God Almighty who came in disguise (Isaiah 45:15).