“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.“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.” – Isaiah 40:22-26.
Isaiah, in chapter 40, is reminding the people that the Lord God of Israel is vastly superior to the little idols they worship, both the graven images they fashioned with their own hands and the heavenly bodies they saw moving across the skies. Isaiah points out the foolishness of substituting such false supernatural deities for the true and living God Who made heaven and earth and everything in it. After all, the stars that some people revere are nothing more than an insignificant part of God’s entire creation, which He spoke into being at the very beginning: “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.” Think about a statement in that passage: God calls every star by name.
It seems illogical that Isaiah, like so many other Old Testament prophets, had to rebuke the people of Israel for their lack of faith and had to remind them of God’s creative majesty, His omnipotent strength, His omniscient knowledge, His sovereign authority, and His faithfulness to His chosen people. People then and now fear dictators. But their power is limited then and now. They are human; God is not. They were born, and someday they will die. But God had neither beginning nor ending. Man grows weary and tired. God never does. As we grow a bit older and perhaps wiser, we have to come to grips with the vastness of our limitations. But God, of course, has no limitations. They are easy to define, but any definition of God limits Him. God will always be bigger than our comprehension. As the writer of Scripture put it: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” (1 Chronicles 29:11).
Many people perceive God as a ‘big scary’ being that only tolerates humans. But the reality is that we serve a God who genuinely loves and cares for us. The whole process of God putting in so much effort to save us so that we may have a relationship with Him is an amazing concept in itself, and all contribute to the unbreakable love that He portrays. It is overwhelming that God would choose to love us and forgive us and accepts what His Son did in our place so that for all eternity we can be in His presence.
- How does the supreme value/importance of Jesus affect our lives?