To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal and compare Me, that we should be alike? Isaiah 46:5 NKJV
What is God saying with this verse? To fully understand, you need to read the whole chapter of Isaish 46 in context.
The first two verses describe people who are loaded down with idols. Their idols were on their beasts and cattle and filled in their carriages. But they could not deliver the burden and instead have gone into captivity. Verses three and four describe God trying to get the people’s attention. Remember, who’s in charge here, He seems to be saying. He’s calling out to His people saying it’s Me who carries and delivers you. Next we see today’s verse where God asks His people whom do we compare Him with. Verses six and seven describe how the people made idols for themselves and how ridiculous it was for them to worship something they had made, rather their own Creator. The rest of the chapter is a plead from God calling His people to remember their transgressions, God’s past mercies, and God is the One to bring righteousness and salvation.
So what do we learn about people and God from this study of scripture today?
Regarding people, we tend to forget about God, while we’re busily making our idols. People are stubborn-hearted and prefer to run things for themselves to their own disadvantage. While we may not carve our own idols to carry with us, we still have idols in our life. Anything that we put in place of God is an idol. When we do put something in God’s place, we’re unconsciously comparing God to a worthless idol. We’re setting up a false god and worshipping it as god. Ask yourself a few questions: Where are your thoughts focused? Where do you spend the most time? Where does your money go? If the answers to these questions are not about God and for God all these point to possible idols in your life.
Today’s idols might be something like: longing for bigger house, desiring a more intimate marriage relationship, working longer hours to get a better job, a nicer car, desire for children, making more money, desire to look good, or be physically fit. Anything we pour ourselves into that is not God Himself is an idol taking God’s place. That’s a problem we can only address with God’s help. Turn to Him and ask for His guidance.
Regarding God, we learn He’s still God. He’s the One holding us. He’s the One carrying us all the way through our entire life, even when we refuse to admit it. He hasn’t changed. Only He can deliver us from our burden of sin and of idols. He’s God and there is none like Him. He longs for us to remember our sins and humbly turn to Him for forgiveness. He wants us to remember what He’s done in the past to help us remember He is God. He doesn’t tire of our procrastination, He simply waits. He’s incredibly patient as He waits for us to come to the end of our self-sufficiency and turn to Him. He’s merciful because He hasn’t destroyed us already. God’s calling us to compare our wimpy idols to Him, to recognize how silly it is to worship something other than Him. Nothing we create can save us. Our salvation comes from the One who made us.
What a great section of scripture we looked at today. God’s told us everything we need to know. It’s time we choose to listen. Let’s start looking to God for the transformation in our life that comes through obeying His Word.
Lord God above, thank you for your truth which highlights our errors and reveals more about you. Help us see where we might have idols in our lives. Help us tear down the false gods and turn to you, the One True God. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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