I was reminded of this story as I was re-reading “Facedown” by Matt Redman…
I highly doubt any of you have idols sitting around your house in the form such as “Dagon” but I love that God will have no other gods before Him.
This takes place as the Philistine nation captures the Ark of the Lord. They are unaware of the power involved with the presence of God and they carry it in to the temple and place it beside the idol of Dagon.
1 Sam 5:1-4 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. NIV
(As it says in the book, “if you find your god bowed facedown on the floor before another God, then it’s time to get a new one!”) “No power set against our Almighty God can stand in His presence. And those who dare to set themselves up against Him are setting themselves up for a fall…it is a facedown fall.” We can not underestimate His holiness. He IS paying attention to everything happening right now, in our individual lives and in the lives of those who lead others.
Our God is a holy and jealous god. Let’s bow by choice and not by force.