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HOW MANY GODS HAVE YOU?

If you need a god to do a specific thing which another god cannot do,  then it means your gods are not all-sufficient! So, you need plenty god’s who are specialists. How many gods have you, and how much more do you need?

Some people acquire many gods  for the purpose of performing specific feat. What specific roles does your gods play in your life? Are they sufficient or you think you need more specialist gods?

In the telecom industry for instance, there are usually a number of service providers and each is preferred based on the quality of their offerings, including voice and data. Some users’ choices are based on the unique advantage associated with such providers; and this might be a reason why some consumers are so committed to those services providers who are said to be reliable and dependable.

When God called Abram, He instructed him to leave his father’s house, his family and his country (Gen. 12:1). Haran, where Terah, Abraham’s Father relocated to when he left the Ur of the Chaldeans was a trade center on the route from Ninevah to Carchemish (Ezekiel 27:23); and the chief seat of worship of the moon god, Sin. Thus, it was a land of idolatry and the family of Terah were idolatrous. THus, God called Abram out of idolatry.

Coming from an idolatry background, Abram would understand what it means to walk blamelessly before God. Since it is the practice of every idolater to keep more than one god, Abram is instructed never to add on any idol to the Almighty God who has called him into a relationship. “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].” ‭‭GENESIS‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Furthermore, the theft of Laban’s household gods by Rachel further proves that it is rare for an idol worshipper to pay allegiance only to one god.  When Jacob was fleeing from his Father-inlaw, Laban, Rachel his wife stole her father’s gods. This was confirmed when Laban inquired in Genesis 31: 30, saying, ” Now you have indeed gone away because you longed greatly for your father’s house; but why did you steal my gods?” My concern here is not why Rachel took her father’s gods, rather, it is why Laban kept and worshipped many gods and not just one god. One god, of course is never sufficient for an Idolater.

There’s a vast number of individual deity and each has a unique interest. There are so many gods or idols and each performs a specific and unique role that makes their worshippers endeared to them. For instance, there are weather-gods, storm-gods, wind-gods, rain-god, god of thunder. Also, there are fertility gods, sea-gods, god of travelers, god of fire to mention a few.

A fertility god or goddess is a deity associated with sex, fertility, pregnancy, and child birth. Called Ala (odinani) in Igbo, and the highest Alusi (deity) in the Igbo pantheon. On the other hand, a weather god is a deity associated with weather phenomena such as thunder, lightening, rain and wind.

From their classifications, no one god performs the function of another. For instance, a weather god cannot perform the role of a fertility god, neither can it perform the function of Ares, the god of war, representing the physical, violent and untamed aspect of war.

Likewise Hades, the god of the dead cannot perform the special functions of Hermes, the god of trade, thieves, travelers, and athletes. My point is, all the deities performs a unique and distinctive functions. Could this be a reason why many idol worshippers pay allegiance to more than one god?

Therefore the distinctive roles each performs may be a reason why a man would keep the fertility god for the purpose of sexual success, a god of travelers for safety in journey and a god of thunder to avenge his enemies.

God introduced Himself as “The Almighty God”, to distinguish Himself from other gods. In the Message Bible version, it reads, “…I am The Strong God…” What this implies is that all other gods that Abram was used to are little gods, weak gods and limited in their capabilities.

God’s instructions to Abram can also be interpreted as, “I’m not limited in capability or functions like the gods you and your Fathers serve. I cannot pined down to a particular way. On the contrary, I AM THE ALMIGHTY! I am sovereign; unlimited, all-sufficient and dynamic. I do not need you to add on other gods to me as you do in your past life of idolatry. I am enough for you; I can do all things, and so you don’t have to seek any other god.”

Rather, you should be devoted only to me, and walk habitually in my presence and not any other. You must be blameless or perfect or pure; a worshipper of only one GOD. Furthermore, you must live in integrity, loyalty and complete obedience or allegiance to me alone!”

Friends, God’s instruction has not changed. He calls for total allegiance to Him alone, and He frowns at idolatry and unfaithfulness. God is all-powerful, un-knowing and un-sufficient! He is all-rounder; never limited to a strategy or confined to a specific role like other gods. He is complete, stable and eternal. Thus, He called for Abram to trust Him absolutely and not to look elsewhere for help.

What is it that you have added to God? You may not be serving an idol but your ideologies, your intellect, experience or tradition may be the things you have exalted above God. And these things have the capacity to undermine your trust in God.

God is all-sufficient; He’s all In all. With him you don’t need any other alternative or support. Trust him completely and do not rely on your own intellect or experience. God is more than enough. If you have God, you have everything!

Yes, you are winning! Yes, we are winning!

 

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