If This Is Our God…Why?

Need a reality check for the day?   Looking for a healthy dose of Biblical perspective to unscramble the chaos of an already hectic week?   Take a few moments to worshipfully read God’s words about himself in Isaiah 40:9-31, then pay careful attention to the eight questions that follow.

________________Get you up to a high mountain,
_____________________O Zion, herald of good news;
________________lift up your voice with strength,
_____________________O Jerusalem, herald of good news;
_____________________lift it up, fear not;
________________say to the cities of Judah,
_____________________“Behold your God!”
________________Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
_____________________and his arm rules for him;
________________behold, his reward is with him,
_____________________and his recompense before him.
________________He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
_____________________he will gather the lambs in his arms;
________________he will carry them in his bosom,
_____________________and gently lead those that are with young.

________________Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
_____________________and marked off the heavens with a span,
________________enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
_____________________and weighed the mountains in scales
_____________________and the hills in a balance?
________________Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD,
_____________________or what man shows him his counsel?
________________Whom did he consult,
_____________________and who made him understand?
________________Who taught him the path of justice,
_____________________and taught him knowledge,
_____________________and showed him the way of understanding?
________________Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
_____________________and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
_____________________behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
________________Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
_____________________nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
________________All the nations are as nothing before him,
_____________________they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

________________To whom then will you liken God,
_____________________or what likeness compare with him?
________________An idol!   A craftsman casts it,
_____________________and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
_____________________and casts for it silver chains.
________________He who is too impoverished for an offering
_____________________chooses wood that will not rot;
________________he seeks out a skillful craftsman
_____________________to set up an idol that will not move.

________________Do you not know? Do you not hear?
_____________________Has it not been told you from the beginning?
_____________________Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
________________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 like a tent to dwell in;
________________who brings princes to nothing,
_____________________and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

________________Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
_____________________scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
________________when he blows on them, and they wither,
_____________________and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

________________To whom then will you compare me,
_____________________that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
________________Lift up your eyes on high and see:
_____________________who created these?
________________He who brings out their host by number,
_____________________calling them all by name,
________________by the greatness of his might,
_____________________and because he is strong in power
_____________________not one is missing.

________________Why do you say, O Jacob,
_____________________and speak, O Israel,
________________“My way is hidden from the LORD,
_____________________and my right is disregarded by my God”?
________________Have you not known? Have you not heard?
________________The LORD is the everlasting God,
_____________________the Creator of the ends of the earth.
________________He does not faint or grow weary;
_____________________his understanding is unsearchable.
________________He gives power to the faint,
_____________________and to him who has no might he increases strength.
________________Even youths shall faint and be weary,
_____________________and young men shall fall exhausted;
________________but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
_____________________they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
________________they shall run and not be weary;
_____________________they shall walk and not faint.

If this is our God…

  • …why allow ourselves to be consumed with worry over the future?
  • …why permit the slightest hint of idolatry to infiltrate the fortress of our affections?
  • …why delude ourselves into thinking that we are worthy of glory and praise?
  • …why not hold the material things under our brief stewardship loosely?
  • …why not use the first moments of each morning to confess our need for him?
  • …why not saturate this day with prayer?
  • …why live as if we will not be accountable to him when our time on earth is done?
  • …why would we not cling to him as our greatest treasure?

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He’s a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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