Meditations on God 1

Isaiah 40:17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. 18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? 19 As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver. 20 He who is too impoverished for such an offering Selects a tree that does not rot; He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman To prepare an idol that will not totter. 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. 24 Scarcely have they been planted, Scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away like stubble. 25 “To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

God has been virtually forgotten in the American version of Christianity. We have programs and we have self-helps and we have entertainment, but where is God? For some reason He is the One that is out of sight though we think we are serving Him by doing good and by being religious. Why do people think that they are doing God a favor by doing good and by being religious? Why do they think that they are going to enter heaven based on those things? Why do preachers think that they will enter heaven based on the fact that they preached when in fact they preached in order to get money or for the honor of men?

The versions of Christianity that I hear are something quite different than Holy Scripture. The things I hear about God in the modern day are quite different from what I read about God in the Scriptures. Isaiah is speaking to religious people and it is almost with amazement that he asks them if they did not know and if they have not heard about the true God. The God that Isaiah sets forth in the passage above is not what we hear about in the modern day.

Where is the living God today? Where is He in terms of what He is supposed to be doing? If we go by what we hear, then He is up in heaven and is anxiously hoping that some people will think of Him or do Him the favor of telling others about Him or perhaps He is just hoping that those who have chosen Him will be good little boys and girls. Hogwash, to put it as nicely as I can, the true God is the absolute sovereign of the universe. The true God is so great that He cannot be served. The true God has no need at all from anyone or anything, but instead He exists in and of Himself with absolutely no need at all. Whatever He needs of desires He is sufficient within Himself.

It is not good for the self-esteem to read the passage above about how we are like grasshoppers, but that is more of an understatement than an overstating of the case. God is so great that we are even said to be nothing. All the nations are nothing before Him and He regards them as nothing and meaningless. This is not the God that is spoken of from the modern pulpit. Where can one go to hear the infinite glories of God declared and set forth? Where can we go to hear of how our holiness and morality are not of benefit to God, but that these things are blessings that God grants us in Christ and works in us by His grace.

Oh how can this be communicated to sinners who think that God is pleased with them because they do good? How is it to be communicated to sinners that we are of no benefit to God and that any action that is good that comes from us had to come from Him first? Where can we hear that salvation is by the choice of God and not the choice of man? Where can we hear that our prayers do not move God unless we have sought the Lord and He has worked in our hearts what we are to seek from Him?

The living God cannot be served by human hands. The living God does not need people to do things for Him. The living God cannot have anything done for Him. We are at His mercy and we are in His sovereign hands. He does not need out acts of goodness, but we need Him if we are to an act of goodness. He does not need our religion (nor want it), but instead it is only by His grace that we have any love for Him which is an absolute need if we are to have any true worship. God reigns, man does not and is utterly dependent upon the sovereign and true God.

 

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