1 Samuel 2:2
There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you.
1 Timothy 1:17
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
For some time I have been engaging the Bible with a two-fold question: What is God saying to me, and what am I going to do about it? It is a healthy tension between God’s revealed grace and truth on the one hand and my response to that grace and truth on the other. It might be that I need to obey a command. It may be that I am simply to believe something, embracing that truth in my heart. If that is the case, the question then turns around what it means to believe something. If I believe something what difference does it make? How does that shape my life?
These verses acknowledge the unique nature of God, “the only God”; the one who is like no other. Paul adds that this great King of the ages is to be honored and glorified forever and ever. God is saying to me that I need not, and should not look elsewhere than to him for all my needs; he is my highest good in life. What will I do about it? I will look to him. I will seek to honor and glorify him. I will embrace this truth in my heart and turn from false gods and godless pursuits.
In everyday life it means…
- Gathering regularly with others for worship (admittedly easy for me since I serve as a pastor!)
- Regularly reading the Bible and reflecting on the two-fold question: What is God saying, and what am I going to do about it?
- Seeking to build and sustain good relationships with fellow-believers, friends, family, and neighbors
- Looking for opportunities to tell and show others about this great and glorious like-no-other God
- Living a moral and decent life
- Providing for orphans and widows, and helping other people in need
- Doing good for others when I have the opportunity to do so
- Praying to God for his glory, others’ needs, my concerns, and the world around me
- Putting the temporal realities and ebb and flow of politics, economics, and entertainment in their proper perspective
- Writing this blog as a means for my own personal reflection – and perhaps for the benefit of others who might read it
- Enjoying the blessings and treasures God allows me to have in daily life, withing the context of God’s eternal glory
- Using my gifts to further God’s reign in my heart and in the hearts of more and more people
My doing anything does not effect or affect God’s saying or doing. He has established his kingdom in his Son, Jesus Christ. He has forgiven the sins of the world and conquered death for all. My belief does not cause any of this to come about. But oh my goodness! My faith puts me in a relationship by which I receive the marvelous gift of God’s salvation. I believe that and deeply desire to put that faith into action.
Paul writes, “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17). What is God saying to you? What are you going to do about it?