Meditations on God 3

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 world thinks of itself with high thoughts and a sense of grandeur. How wonderful it is, or so it is thought, to be world champion or to set a world record. How wonderful the world thinks it is to be best in the world or one of the richest in the world. However, this passage of Scripture shreds and obliterates all of that. This passage gives the mind of God on the value of the world in and of itself and how glorious He is in contrast with that. If all the nations together are as nothing before Him, then what is a world record by an individual or a team of individuals? If all the nations are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless, then what value can all those awards and distinctions have that people seek?

The world is all the things such as attitudes and intents and actions that are focused on self and pride rather than on the glory of God. The world can be very religious, yet it can be opposed to the true and living God. The living God is utterly and absolutely glorious in all that He is and when compared to the entire universe and the entire world, all of those things together are nothing in and of themselves. God created the world (physical things) as a place to manifest His glory and that is the only true use of the world (as in physical things). When people seek worldly things, they are seeking things and not the Creator who created all for His glory.

The living God is simply beyond compare in all ways and at all times. He sits in the heavens serene and untouchable. He sits in the heavens completely self-sufficient within Himself and needs nothing or no one. If one could offer this world and all it has to God, it would be as nothing. After all, He could create as many worlds as He wanted and/or needed. He is the One who upholds this world as He pleases and receives nothing from the physical world or the world as a fleshly and focused on the senses.

There are things in this world (political positions and money and…) that appear to give people power, but the whole world and all it is and has is only in appearance. The whole world is less than nothing and meaningless to Him. How great and glorious this God is. When the world has such a flash and desirable appearance, and yet it will all pass away, how desirable is God who will never pass away? How desirable should God be to our souls when the whole world is nothing and meaningless before Him? What a wicked thing it is to seek the world and not seek God. What a wicked thing it is to use His creation for self and not for His glory. What a wicked thing it is to be enamored with the world and not with its Creator.

The world makes physical idols, but those are utterly ridiculous as there is nothing like God who is spiritual that we can make something of His likeness in a stone or piece of wood. Yet the churches and the world continue to make idols of things and even religion. God cannot be pictured in any way and yet we still try to do so with the idols of our minds and hearts. Wrong theology is really a wrong picturing of God and is idolatry. We must seek the Lord to grant us a true sight of Him and the world. Only God is worthy of worship and adoration. Only God is worthy of love and high esteem.

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