Meditations on God 2

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.

The human soul was made for God as all things have been made for God. All things were made for God and for the purpose of manifesting His glory and that primarily to Himself. God can have no greater Being than Himself as a motive to create things for. God can have no greater love than Himself or He would be an idolater. The passage above shows the thorough God-centeredness of all things as opposed to moderns who seem to think that man is the center of all things and that even God is centered upon man. That type of thinking is really fallen thinking which is to say that it is the type of thinking that a person who thinks of self as a god and wants God to be focused on him or her. God is worthy, not man. God must create for His own glory or He would be serving inferior purposes and not His own glory and that would make Him unholy.

Once again we must think deeply through the passage above. What are all the nations in His presence? They are less than nothing and meaningless. These truths of God point to the greatness of God and the absolute reality of the nothingness and meaninglessness of man in the ultimate sense. It is nothing but the pride of man and the deceptions that come through that proud self that makes men think of self as the focus and center of all things. Oh how wicked man is to take the absolute reality of God as the center of all things and pretend that man is the measure of all things and even of God.

To whom will men liken the true God? They liken God to themselves. As was said many years ago, “God created man in His own image and man has returned the favor. That is true. Fallen and sinful man is full of self and pride and tries to twist the truth of God and make God like man. Arrogant man tries to think of himself as the standard of morality and in doing so he will read parts of the Bible or look at all the suffering on the planet and think that God does not exist since no one could be all-powerful and all-good. Indeed that is terrible reasoning, but it is the reasoning of proud hearts.

The Lord Jesus Christ does indeed save sinners, but only to the glory of God. The Lord Jesus Christ does indeed save sinners to the glory of God, but part of the way He does that is to humble sinners in the dust so that they see that they are less than nothing and meaningless. Christ, the Great Prophet, teaches His people about who they are so that they will love His free-grace and nothing or their own worth and works. Man must behold the living God in His greatness and His centrality for all things or man will move himself to the center. Oh behold His glory and His beauty and majesty and know that man can receive nothing good but by the free-grace of God. There is no Gospel apart from the free-grace of God and as such it is nothing but a so-called gospel that has any works.

When all the nations are nothing before Him and less than nothing and meaningless, what could move God to save sinners? It could only be His own glory and it can only be the glory of His free-grace that saves sinners. Oh how men should seek the Lord to humble their proud hearts and the self-centeredness of their fallen hearts. Oh how men should seek the Lord to teach them in their inward man the glory and beauty of free-grace. As long as men search for and strive for some worth or works that they can earn or do, they will now bow with broken hearts and behold the glory of free-grace that is given them solely and only in the name of Christ.

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