And Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods; for in the very thing in which they behaved proudly, He was above them.”
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev once boasted that he would display the last Soviet Christian on television by 1965. Khrushchev is long dead; Christianity is more alive than ever in Russia. Karl Marx called a belief in God “the sign of the oppressed creature, the opium of the people.”
Marx also has gone to his eternal destiny, but the “opium” he spoke of continues to spread throughout the world. And so it has been. Leaders rise up, shake their fists at God, and then sink back into the oblivion from which they came. In the meantime, God continues to work out His plan for the world, undisturbed by their puny efforts against Him.
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, observed the same truth about Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt. Arrogantly they had shaken their fists at God, but “He was above them.” Like an ant trying to stop a locomotive, they challenged the Almighty and lost. Once again God proved “that the Lord is greater than all the gods.”
Throughout history, God has demonstrated that He is greater than any person, any movement, or any situation. It is obvious why the psalmist could confidently boast, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills–from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1). God Himself declares, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27).
If you are fearful about some godless person, some anti-Christian movement, or some threatening situation, remember where your help comes from. The God who is above all other gods will never be overwhelmed by your difficulties. The God who delivered Moses will deliver you as well. He’s just that kind of God.
TROUBLE NEVER TROUBLES GOD.