God is bigger and greater
To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. Isaiah 40:25-28
From the text, Isaiah was tasked to provide encouragement to the remnants returning from exile from Babylonian captivity. When they looked back what caused their exile, it was because of their sin of disobedience. They needed to hear of God’s mercy and forgiveness. God will forgive but He also will chasten those that belonged to Him. God did not spare them from the results of their sin. But despite the chastening, God is still merciful. Now that they’re back to Jerusalem, Isaiah called them to reflect and remember the goodness and greatness of God. God is greater than anything on earth (vv. 12–20) or anything in heaven (vv. 21–26). Creation shows His wisdom, power, and vastness. He is greater than the nations and their gods. He founded the earth and sits on the throne of heaven, and nothing is equal to our God, let alone greater than our God. When the greatness of God is in our minds, such faith and belief in Him place everything in life in their proper perspective. When we are tempted to think that the world and the things that worry us are bigger than God, let us remember that there is nothing in this world could equal God. And whenever you feel so small that you wonder if God really cares about you personally, remember that He knows the name of every star (Isaiah 40:26) and your name as well! (See John 10:3, 27.) The same God who numbers and names the stars can heal your broken heart. “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. (Psalm 147:3). If you look at God through your circumstances, He will seem small and very far away, but if you look at your circumstances by faith through God, He will draw very near and reveal His greatness to you.
Noel De Guzman