Read Jeremiah 10
Focus on verse 6-7
I find antique auctions intriguing because the value of each item appears to be determined not only by the authenticity and condition of the item, but also by how rare it is. For instance an ancient piece of art by a renowned artist that is genuine and in good condition could be valued at a hundred thousand dollars or more, but if no one at the auction understands its value or desires to own it – it may sell for $20 or perhaps not at all. If it does not sell, what is it really worth? This is what I find fascinating about collectibles and the people who collect them. The fact that some article is perceived to he the only one in existence in one sense makes it priceless, yet if no one cares to collect it…it is worthless.
In today’s reading Jeremiah describes God as follows:
There is none like you, O Lord; you are great and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. (v. 6-7)
Here is what Jeremiah seems to be attempting to communicate to the people of Israel, and more importantly, now to us: “God is unique! He is One of a kind! There is no other god, or human, or being of any kind that comes even remotely close to being like Him!” This sets Him apart from all the other things we value and desire. Unlike a rare antique, which can be owned only by one person at a time – God cannot be owned by anyone! In fact, the reverse is true. It is God who owns everything that we are and everything we know of and all that we have not yet discovered.
God is quite possibly the only One who is truly One of a kind. There is no other like Him – never has been, and never will be. If that is true, it would make sense to me that we listen to Him, and heed what He is trying to communicate to us. It would also make sense that if He is offering us an opportunity to be in relationship with Him, we would be foolish not to enter into that relationship.