“When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, ‘Why did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.” (1 Samuel 4:3)
Many religions claim their god is the only god there is, the one true god. But saying it is one thing; proving it is another.
There’s an interesting story in 1 Samuel Chapter 5 about a contest between the God of Israel and the God of the Philistines. In battle, the Israelites encamped at Ebenezer and the Philistines at Aphek, but Israel was losing badly. When their troops limped back to camp, the elders of Israel got a hair-brained idea. “Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.” They were treating the ark of the covenant, the very dwelling place of God on earth, as a good luck charm.
It didn’t work. In the next battle, 30,000 Israeli soldiers died and the ark was captured. The Philistines took it to Ashdod and the house of Dagon their god. That night the Philistines slept with the sleep of sweet revenge. Early in the morning, however, the statue of Dagon had fallen on its face before the ark. The elders of Ashdod returned Dagon to its place, but the next morning it was again bowing prostrate before the ark of God. The Philistines were terrified and returned the ark to Israel.
Dagon was no match for Jehovah. No god of this age is either, whether it is the god of wealth, fashion, youth, fame or any other false god. Let’s join David in praising the one true God saying, “Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.”(Psalm 86:8,10)