But the next morning the same thing happened…Dagon had fallen face down before the Ark of the Lord again. This time his head and hands had broken off and were lying in the doorway (1 Samuel 5:4 ).
Sooner or later, anything you substitute for God will fail you miserably. The more honor and attention you shift away from God to objects or persons the deeper your disappointments will be. Back in Exodus, the first commandment God gave His people was, “You must not have any other god but me” (Exodus 20:3).
The Philistines learned a hard lesson during this episode: Defeating the people of God is not the same thing as defeating God. Ultimately, God takes care of His own reputation. No, this doesn’t give you the excuse to live any way you want to, but it does remind us that God doesn’t depend on us…we depend on Him. Your view of God or response to Him may limit or shift how much you experience God’s mercy and favor, but it doesn’t limit God. You can trust that He is even greater and more powerful, loving, and creative than any other “person or thing” you could imagine.