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Transformation Garden - Nov. 21, 2009

  • 2009 Nov 21


"But when they (the Philistines) arose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had again fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord; and his head (Dagon) and both the palms of his hands were lying cut off on the threshold; only the stump (the trunk) of Dagon was left  him." 
I Samuel 5: 4, Amplified Bible


"Dagon is Down and Out"

"God's power is the best guard, the safest convoy and surest castle that any can have." 
William Gouge

Is there a "Dagon" in my life who needs to fall before God's strength and power?

Have I asked my Father to take on the "Dagon" that threatens me?

"One Almighty is more than all mighties." 
William Gurnall


"God is His own best evidence." 

The Philistines were gloating.  They really thought they had done it this time.  Not only had they defeated God's chosen children, the Israelites, in battle.  But then, they came home with a trophy - the Ark of the Covenant.  If you had been the Philistines, wouldn't you have wanted to do a little showing off?

This is exactly what they did when they took the ark and they, "brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon" (I Samuel 5: 2).  It was as though the Philistines were saying to the Israelites, "Let's see whose god has more power? Your weak God is nothing.  Our god is bigger than yours."

Frankly, the Israelites, who had disobeyed their Father in heaven and who had used Him and His holy temple in a most irreverent way, really deserved this "in your face" action from the Philistines.  However, God did not!  And we must remember, when confronted by our own disobedience and disrespect of God, we sometimes get from the Philistines just what we deserve, too.  They don't respect our God nor do they respect us because we have tried to use God to further our own personal causes and agendas.

We have our big ideas on how we will fix the world and "Someone" steps in and He, our Father, reminds us who is in charge - and it isn't you and me nor is it the Philistines.

I love these words penned by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones when he said, "God does not stop to consult us."  How thankful I am He doesn't because not only do we not know what's going on half the time, in addition our advice wouldn't be worth a nickel.  All we have to do is look at the case of the Israelites, who had the ill-conceived idea of taking the ark into battle in the first place.

But here's the best part of this story, certainly my favorite part and it should be yours, as well.  When the people in Ashdod got up early the next morning to celebrate their victory - "Oops!" There was a big problem!  Dagon had fallen on his face.  Instead of taking this as a warning regarding the power of the God of heaven and earth, the citizens of Ashdod stood old Dagon back up and went merrily on their way.

The next morning however, Dagon was down and out!  Not only had he fallen upon his face, but he had fallen to the ground "before the ark of the Lord."  The power of God brought Dagon down in front of the ark.  But God's power didn't just knock Dagon down, the head of Dagon and the palms of Dagon's hands were broken off.  I am going to tell you this, when the Philistines thought they could come against God with their evil plans and with the crafty devices their hands built against God, He stepped in and took care of the head and the hands of the god Dagon and the Bible tells us "only the stump of Dagon was left" and "neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day" 
(I Samuel 5: 5, Amplified Bible).

For all of us, there are times we think we can get away with having two gods under the same roof in our own lives.  But our Father tells us, "There's room for only One."  And then with the power and strength of no other, He promises us, "Let me take Dagon down.  Just ask Me - and I'll do all you need."

Whenever we are tempted to think Dagon has the upper hand, let's remember God is in charge - even when the Philistines mock us and point out our weaknesses.  For as author Daniel Rowlands so correctly notes, "All the events that take place in the world carry on the same work - the glory of the Father and the salvation of His children."  This is true for everything that is going on in your life today, no matter how threatening or fierce "Dagon" appears to be at this very moment.  Remember, Dagon's in trouble - big trouble, for no thought and no hands will be strong enough against us if we ask for our Father's help.

"The Lord is King! 
Who then shall dare 
Resist His will, distrust His care, 
Or murmur at His wise decrees, 
Or doubt His royal promises?" 
Josiah Conder


"Forgive us, Lord, when we build worlds which are dependent on us and not on You… 
Forgive us when we cannot see You in the midst of suffering and darkness. 
Help us, however feebly, to realize that the coming of the Kingdom is Your work, 
and not ours." 
Subir Biswas

"Let all people know that God is ruler, even to the ends of the earth." 
Psalm 59: 13

Your friend, 
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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