“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25
The Lord wanted Isaiah to convey to the people the irony of carrying into captivity gods they had made with their own hands, expecting those self-made gods to protect, help, inspire and comfort them. “Both the idols and their owners are bowed down. The gods cannot protect the people, and the people cannot protect the gods. They go off into captivity together.”Isaiah 46:2
“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can’t even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can’t rescue anyone from trouble.” Isaiah 46:5-7
When you read this, you can’t help but think ‘how crazy to trust in deities that couldn’t even save themselves; to fear gods that had to be rescued when God judged the city.’
How ironic that they had to carry their gods, protect their gods, care for their gods, when Almighty God, the Faithful One, the One True God, had carried them and was still willing to carry them, lavish his tender loving care on them, inspire them and comfort them.
Isaiah 46:3:“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born.”
THE SAME APPLIES TO US TODAY:
Nothing we have made or bought for ourselves can ever meet the needs of our heart. Only our Faithful God, who has been carrying us from birth can carry us into our future.
He is the One who has lovingly sustained us, his children, and will continue to do so, not our worthless idols.