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There is no other God

To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him? Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains? Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down! Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God—the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them. He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither. The wind carries them off like chaff. Isaiah 40:18-24 NLT

God knows our most urgent need. In order for us to obtain what we need, we disregard God and we define Him on our own terms. From the text, Isaiah insists that God is unique. There is nothing in this world that can compare to who God is. We cannot fit Him into any box of created size. He is beyond what we can imagine and experience this is why He deserves our trust. No matter how skillful a craftsman in fashioning an image of God, it will always fall short. Paul declared to the people of Athens the uncontainable glory of God. “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need” (Acts 17:24-25). Idols may be crafted out impressively, they might even inspire adoration and worship, but they are still idols; that’s what they are. This is why Isaiah admonished the Israelites not to derive their sense of worth from anything within the creation. Our delight should only be in God alone. His supremacy over all is what should be the basis of seeking salvation in Him alone. Once we have this attitude towards God, it will make a big difference on how we perceive circumstances and events in our world today. God is at work in the world today. He offers us what He alone could provide; a personal relationship with Him.


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