A curious phenomenon hit London in late 2008, when buses were adorned with the slogan, “There is probably no god, now stop worrying and enjoy your life”. The difficulty for the advertisers, is that you cannot prove there is no God. In some civilisations, where false gods have been made of wood or metal, you can inspect the idol, and declare it non-living. That’s not possible when God is spirit. Hence ‘probably’.
The Egyptian gods (and there were thousands of them) did not have a physical man-made form either. People believed in them and drew pictures of them, but there was no idol to declare non-living. The Egyptians believed their gods influenced natural events and human lives; they would pray to them for help, and anticipated their intervention. Yet God, the one true God, was going to pronounce a judgement on them. He was going to prove their impotence (Exodus 12:12-13). And Pharaoh, who was believed to be their representative, would know it.
Audrey Hepburn sang, “Don’t talk of love…show me now!” in Pygmalion. Demonstration, not words. Really, the only proof. Moses could tell Pharaoh about the supremacy of the One True God, but Pharaoh needed a demonstration of epic proportions, and that was about to happen. The Passover would show incontrovertibly that God was God. No Egyptian deities had power to intervene. Pharaoh could not control the outcome. The judgement would be that God is the Lord.
And if we want the world at large to know that God is truly the Lord, then we had better start practising it ourselves. God WILL have no other gods before him. We are quick to notice that football fans ‘worship’ their teams, and talk about ‘pop idols’. But what false gods do I worship? What things do I put in front of God in my priorities? My home, family, car or work? What would I NOT sacrifice if he asked me? My security, living in a ‘nice’ area? What do I spend my time on, rather than with him? What about exercise, sleep or pursuit of health? Then some of us may find we worship a particular translation of the bible, or an ideology, a particular theology or churchmanship. All these things may be good in themselves, but if they become more important than my relationship with God, or with other people, then maybe I’m straying into idolatry. Curiously, one of the things many Christians worship, is worship itself. We can be so caught up with the ‘right’ songs, sounds, styles, instruments, or worship leaders that we can easily lose sight of what worshipping God is all about.
When our lives are evidence to God’s rule and reign, when God is God in my life, totally and unequivocally, then the world will begin to see that God is God indeed.