April 3

Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders?  Exodus 15:11

We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true – even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. I John 5:20-21

We use the word idol as we talk about our favorite movie star or singer or athlete. Some might spend a lot of money to go to that special concert or to go see the movie over and over again. For basketball fans, the Final Four is here and the price for some tickets is in the thousands of dollars as people resell them. From the way people talk about their idols, we might expect them to use some of the same words we see in Exodus – perhaps these idols are “awesome in splendor?”

Exodus 15:1-18 is a song. Moses and the Israelites sing this song to the Lord who has just gotten them across the waters of the Sea ahead of the pursuing Egyptians. In verse 11 they praise their God above all others; their God has been victorious over all the gods of Egypt and those who worshipped those false gods.  They are so happy and joyful at being saved; they praise the Lord and exclaim that there is no other “god” who could ever be like Him. They had just seen God send an angel to lead them out of Egypt. When they were terrified of the pursuing Egyptians, the angel moved to stand between them and their enemies, the waters of the sea parted for them so they could escape. Then the sea came crashing back and they were safe.  No wonder they sang and praised the one true God who was their Lord and Savior.

The book of I John concludes with the verses we have for today. We can be sure and know that God is with us too, the one true God who is real and so much better than an idol. We too can sing in praise of God, perhaps in a hymn such as the words of the refrain to the song “Awesome God” by Rich Mullins

Our God is an awesome God

He reigns from heaven above

With wisdom, power, and love

Our God is an awesome God

Heavenly King, thank you for showing us your glorious works. You are the one and only God – majestic and mighty – mighty enough to send your Son in humble flesh to save us. All of creation shows your might. Even so, we are tempted to seek other gods and philosophies for answers and understanding. Keep us faithful in your word to guide us in the way, the truth, and the life. Lord, we believe, help our unbelief. Amen

Chris Gabel