The word god, drawn from the Hebrew word Elohim means mighty and powerful one. Since there are many of such ones in heaven and on earth, it follows therefore that there are many gods and many lords. But the Creator of the heavens and the earth, is greater than all the mighty ones in the universe, and is thus referred to in Genesis 17:1 as “The Almighty God”. It is to Him people should look for their sustenance and salvation. In Isaiah 45:22, it is written: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
To look to God means to believe or trust firmly in Him, believing that He could solve all our problems or any kind of danger. Indeed to the Lord belongeth salvation. (Psalm 3:8; Psalm 68:20) In Exodus 15 verse 11 it is written: “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Moreover, the Bible states: “Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.” - Jeremiah 10:6-7.
There is nothing too hard for God to do. He therefore worthy of reverence and absolute trust. He declared: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” A positive response to this question is given in verse 17 to wit: “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” - Jeremiah 32:17; Luke 1:37.
By express declarations and acts of mercy, deliverance and chastisement God Almighty used the nation of Israel to teach the world His ways and to prepare the ground for the coming of Jesus Christ who will open the door of faith to the rest of the world. During the time of the patriarch Jacob, they went to Egypt because of the famine that was in the land of Canaan . They were there for four hundred and thirty years. For most of that period they were under the harsh rule of the Pharoahs that “knew not Joseph” that is, those who, in relating with the Jews, did not take into account what God used Joseph to do in the land of Egypt, in keeping many souls alive. Be that as it may, the faithful ones among the continued to look to God for deliverance for the period they were in bondage. When God’s time came for them to leave, the Egyptians found that in spite of their military might, they could not stop them from leaving due to the power of power of God.The Jews left “at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day” that God promised them that they will stay in Egypt . (Exodus 12:40, 41; compare Genesis 15:!3, 14) As is the case with all self-willed, stubborn and proud people, the Egyptians under the command of the Pharoah decided to pursue the Jews though they had allowed them to go following the unprecedented incident of the death of the first born. Pharoah, who represented the devil at that time was pursued after the Israelites believing that they still had the means to bring them back into captivity. In the heat of the panic generated by the fear of the approaching Egyptians, Moses told the people: “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-15) Eventually the hosts of the Egyptians were routed by God Almighty eliciting a victory song by the Jews according to Exodus 15 verses one to the end. The Jews were saved because they looked to God.
During the time of King Asa, the Ethiopians invaded the land of Judah, the king and his people looked to God for help as it is written: “And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.” (2 Chronicles 14:11) God Almighty intervened and saved the Jews from the hand of their enemies at that time. But later, when King Bassha of Israel attacked him, he did not rely on God Almighty but sought the help of the King of Syria. God was angry with him and told him through His prophet that he had done “foolishly” and that he would have wars thenceforth.” Let us take particular note of the declaration made by the seer Hanani, who said: “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” - 2 Chronicles 16:9.
It is important therefore that we learn to look to God always and not to man. David the prophet stated: “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.” (Psalm 60:11, 12) While some trust in mortal beings like themselves, others trust in their riches and power and so on. Though these could help one in certain situations temporarily, but they are of no consequence as far as salvation is concerned. – Psalm 33:16-19; 62:7-12; Proverbs 23:5;
In the account of Jeremiah chapter 17 God Almighty cursed the person who trusts in his fellow man and blessed those who trusted in Him saying: “For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-8)
The current global economic crisis in which the limitations of capitalism and democracy, were exposed should teach us not to put too much faith in man but to look to God Almighty always. Many multinational companies that were thought to be secure from collapse are depending on financial help from the government to stay afloat. Most of them are retrenching their workers in the face of plummeting sales all over the world. The stock markets in the major economic power houses of the world are crashing and millions of people are jobless. The wisdom of all the best brains of the world have been stretched to snapping point and they are at a loss as to what to do and why they could not do anything until their roofs started collapsing, as it were. Inasmuch as people put the word of God aside and trust only in their wisdom, they will continue to have problems. God Almighty, speaking through Jeremiah the prophet stated: “How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” –Jeremiah 8:8,9.
The current economic crisis in the world is therefore a lesson to mankind on the limitations of human wisdom and ability.
The person who claims he is looking to God must have accurate knowledge of Him, exercise strong faith in Him, and abstain from sin. (Proverbs 4:6,7; Ecclesiastes 7:12; Hebrews 11:1-6; Proverbs 16:6) Such would not compromise their faith by seeking help from astrologers, necromancers, witches and wizards, false prophets and mediums. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:19, 20) Whatever may be our needs, whether it is recovery from ill-health, employment, marital partner, fruit of the womb etc, we should cast our burdens on God Almighty and believe He will answer our prayers according to His will in His own time by His grace and power. David the sweet psalmist of Israel stated: “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. - Psalms 123:1-2.; See also Isaiah 26:3,4; Philippians 4:6,7
May our heavenly Father Jehovah continue to endow us with His holy spirit to always trust in him inspite of the troubles of this world so as to enjoy His blessings and protection and eventual salvation in the world to come through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.