No Other God
Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. ~Daniel 3:29
What does the phrase “no other” bring to your mind? It is a term of comparison that demonstrates the greatness and superiority of one object over another. It is a way of saying that a person or thing is incomparable. Other ways we would express “no other” is by saying “nothing like this,” “one of a kind,” or “no comparison.” King Nebuchadnezzar made a powerful public statement when he said, “there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”
There is no other God Who is perpetual.
God is eternal. He has no beginning and He has no ending. He is from everlasting to everlasting. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). God can never be outdated, irrelevant, or obsolete. Why is this important? Because God is alive and cannot die or cease to exist! He does not change according to the whims of men, the trending of society, or the fads of the day. He is forever the same!
There is no other God Who is so personable.
“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:24). Unlike idol gods which have eyes that cannot see, ears that cannot hear, mouths that cannot speak, and hands that cannot touch, our God is personable. He wants us to have a personal and real relationship with Him. He wants us to draw near to Him and experience His many attributes, including His faithfulness, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness, His lovingkindness, and much more.
There is no other God Who is so powerful.
There is no other God that can deliver! God is incomparably all-powerful! He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Nebuchadnezzar could not get out of his mind the power of God to preserve Daniel’s three friends in the midst of a fiery furnace. More than that, when he saw Jesus walking in the midst of the fire with them, he witnessed a God Who is with His people in fire, floods, and other disasters. There is no other God Who comes to you at the right time and in the most difficult circumstances.
There is no other God Who is preeminent.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). God should have only one place in our lives, and this is number one. He does not share His glory with anyone. We must be careful not to get so caught up with things that our decisions relegate God to second place. Preeminence means we love the Lord with all our heart, our soul, our mind, and our body. It means we build everything around Him, and not Him around our plans. Paul said that “in all things he might have the preeminence.” Does God have to compete to get on to your schedule? Is God an after-thought or a second thought? No other God means that He alone has your heart, your worship, your love, and your devotion.
As we start this day, let us live in the glory of the fact that “there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”
Have a God-satisfying God Morning!
Bible Reading: Luke 2-3