The path of faith is not easy. Anyone who thinks differently may not have experienced many situations when absolute trust in God is the only option.
There is so much we don’t know about the Lord. But how can we expect our finite minds to even begin to comprehend the thoughts and ways of an infinite God, who is fully entitled to do things his way, without consulting us about what, when, why and how?
However, we still want to know. Why does God do what he does – why does he so often do it in a way that doesn’t count for us?
Granted, things like this are well beyond my theological pay scale. However, while reading the Old Testament, I came across a recurring statement that may shed light on these overarching questions. what is it? This is a simple but straightforward statement, “They will know that I am the Lord God.”
These words – with slight variations – appear several times in the book of Ezekiel, and many times in other Old Testament books. Whether sending plagues; dividing vast waters; providing a new food to feed millions of Israelites; severely punishing those who disobey his commands; writing cryptic messages on walls; or performing other supernatural acts, God seems to have an overwhelming All desire: “Let them know that I am Lord.”
For example, only in chapters 28-30 of Ezekiel, when describing his plans for severe judgment against Tyre, Sidon, Egypt, and Israel’s other enemies, God finally declares: “So they’ll know I’m the Lord.” But even for the Israelites, his judgment—along with his abundant blessings—was accompanied by the same motives: “They will know that I am Lord,” As he repeats in Ezekiel 36:38, or states slightly differently in 37:14, “Then you know that my Lord said it, and I did it too.”
Why is this so important? Think of it this way: How many times have you heard of a celebrity — a movie star, politician, professional athlete, or other notable person — being stopped by law enforcement for allegedly breaking the law, it’s pretty much the first thing they do . The mouth was, “You don’t know who I am?” as if their status deserved special treatment.
Can you imagine what would happen if a famous celebrity got up to sing or give a speech, and there was no introduction and no applause after the performance? Don’t you think they’ll at least give the audience a look and say, “Don’t you know who I am?”
The difference between their desire to be known and God’s desire is clear: they are ordinary people, perhaps more notorious than most, but so are humans. God is not only the creator of this world and everything we know, but the entire universe and its wondrous complexity. We think of his miracles as recorded in the Bible, but we experience and witness countless miracles every day—all created by the Lord.
From the intricate DNA to the predictable seasonal changes, from the earth’s perfect tilt and precise orbit around the sun to the amazing creatures found in nature, we have an incredible opportunity to learn about and serve a God whose creative power is unparalleled. His work, which continues to this day, will dwarf the combined efforts of everyone who has lived or has not yet been born.
As Romans 1:20 says, “Because since the creation of the world, the invisible qualities of God – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen and understood by what was created, so there is no excuse.”
Looking through the Old Testament, we can see the ups and downs of Israel’s faith and loyalty to Jehovah God. Led by godly prophets and kings, they experience the blessings of the Lord. However, once these leaders passed, they were quickly distracted and tempted by paganism to worship false gods. What God had done for them was quickly forgotten. Their rebellion and disobedience can lead to trouble after trouble.
Is it any wonder that God finds it necessary to conduct extraordinary, supernatural judgments to discipline His elect and turn their hearts to Him?
We live in a time, like the Israelites thousands of years ago, where many people have forgotten God. Our nation, once founded on biblical Judeo-Christian principles, has largely rejected him and replaced him with a cult of just about anything – self, politics, power, ideology, “great” Mother Nature, wealth, materialism, and even sports teams.
God in the Bible? “Who is that?” would likely be millions of responses, despite the endless evidence of his existence and craftsmanship surrounded.
What might he be doing now? My guess – or opinion – is as good as yours and vice versa. But I think it’s safe to say that he does work in such a way that, sooner or later, “they’ll know I’m the main god.”
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Robert J. Tamasy is a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor. Bob has written, co-authored and edited over 15 books. These include the newly published “Marketing Ambassadors”; “The Best of Business: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace”; “The Tufting Legacy”, “Heart of Guidance” and “Pursuit of Life with a Shepherd’s Heart” “. His edited weekly business meditation “Monday Manna” has been translated into over 20 languages and emailed by CBMC International around the world. His blog address is www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com. His email address is email@example.com.