By: Lisa Wilmore
When the Philistines took the Ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon and set him in his place again; And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.(1 Sam 5: 2- 4).
My brothers and sisters in Christ, God reveals his power in ways that we recognize it is he who is speaking to us. There are some things in our modern day journey that send messages to us that it is God and God only who is speaking.
The questions to ponder are: ARE WE LISTENING? Do we hear the sounds of rustling winds, roaring thunders, crackling lightning, and the rain that hits the rooftops of our houses as well as the pavement on the roads? Do we hear God speaking when earthquakes are happening in divers’ places, and diseases are unnamed and incurable? Do we hear God speaking where cities, towns, communities, and neighborhoods are destroyed due to catastrophic events? Do we hear God when he warns us against the worship of idol gods? Do we listen to his dissatisfaction, when we place our desires before his desires?
God teaches us throughout the Bible that his power must be recognized, respected, and honored by all mankind. The aforementioned text highlights the captivity of the Ark of God by the Philistines. They placed the Ark of God in the house of their idol god, Dagon, and arose on the next day to discover that their god was fallen to the earth before God’s Ark. As the idol god is again positioned on the next day, God destroys the mere existence of it. Who is able to stand before this Holy Lord God?
Only those who have been washed in the blood of the lamb will be able to stand. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins. The confession and acceptance of Christ, God’s Son, brings us back into fellowship with our Holy God. So, my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not fall prey to setting other gods in the presence of our Holy God.