by Heather Tietz
The LORD is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving kindness.
If you had to create the perfect God what would He be like? Since the beginning of civilization, people have been creating gods. The Greeks worshipped twelve main gods but there were thousands of personal household ones that received most of their attention.
The Romans adopted a multitude of gods into their society. The Egyptians had nearly 9000. Hindu scriptures acknowledge 330 million gods! All were created to provide for different needs or explain different occurrences in nature – death, birth, earthquake, war, rain, growth, protection, strength, health, hunting, and fertility. No one god managed everything. In fact several of them were too busy quarreling, indulging in revelry, satisfying their own desires or their rage, to develop a great care for humans at all.
Jehovah was different. There was no god like Him. He was one. Yet, He was everything. He contained all the gleaming attributes that had been divided up into the thousands of deities created by the world. He alone had them all. Humankind needed nothing more. We needed no one more to care for us. For in Jehovah we have justice, power, foresight. We have goodness, kindness, patience, forgiveness, tenderness, and love. Our God does not quarrel. He doesn’t contend with other deities at all. There is only Him. He is more than enough.