Saturday, January 16, 2010

Who is Like God?

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

Who is like God?

We sometimes treat stars from the latest reality show to talk show hosts as little gods: everything they say and do we follow with great interest. If they recommend a book, a diet, a way of life we are quickly caught up in the rush. What do they wear? We want it in our closet. What vehicle(s) do they drive? We get ourselves in deep debt to attain the same for our garage. We praise their every move.

We sometimes treat religious leaders as gods: instead of digging deeper into scripture for ourselves or asking for discernment we take these leaders at their word. They can do no wrong in our opinions and even when their activities become questionable, we conveniently look the other way. We would rather keep the status quo than rock the boat.

We often see ourselves as gods: our lives, families, money and possessions become the center of our universe. Our priorities have to do with our own desires and wants. God, worship, prayer, denial, discipline and compassion take backseats to what we want to accomplish.

Who is like you, O Lord? Who is as majestic in holiness? Who is as awesome in splendor? Who is doing wonders?

Not stars.

Not religious leaders.

Not ourselves.

God, you are the only One who is like you, majestic, awesome and wonderful. May we see this anew today. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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