”To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25
Other religious teachers pointed away from themselves. “Don’t look at me,” they said, “look at God.”
Jesus took a different approach: He pointed to Himself.
If anyone else were to do so, we would rightly consider them to be quite arrogant. The apostle Paul, no doubt one of the most stalwart individuals of faith ever to put quill to a parchment, lived an incredible life after he was changed by his encounter with God. But he nevertheless calls himself “worst of sinners.” (1Timothy 1:15-16)
This was because, after glimpsing the great and holy God, and how this awesome God nevertheless humbled Himself for our sakes, he was filled with a deep awe for God’s greatness as well as an acute awareness of his sin and need for God.
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3
Jesus pointed to Himself because He provides everything we need for a full life. “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He said. (John 14:6) Jesus leads the way to Himself, in whom all the truth and fullness of God resides in human form. (Colossians 2:9) Not only that, but Jesus is also “the life” and enables us to our full potential as human beings, reborn through the mighty grace of God. He is the bread of life (John 6:35) whose resources will never run low and will provide for our deepest spiritual longings. He is like a mighty river of refreshment from which living water consistently flows. (John 7:38)
Who else could compare? Who else would sacrifice so much before we even knew Him?
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Who else can we count on to sustain us in this fallen world? Who else could possibly be worthy of our devotion and our very lives?
Praise God, and let’s pray today to constantly keep our eyes upon Jesus, with whom no one else even comes close!
“To whom, then, will you compare God?” Isaiah 40:18
Question: What “counterfeit gods” often false vie for our attention in our daily lives?
“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 111:2-3
We were so busy. The demands on our time during the 28 years my husband was the leader of a large Christian organization were enormous. Besides having four children, ailing parents and a farm, I hardly ever had extended time to really enjoy God and His creation.
I remember praying many times, “Lord, I would so much love to have more time to enjoy You and the majesty of your creation.” God answered my prayer! Now that I am semi-retired, God has given me time to exult in Him and His majestic Creations. Flowers in my yard and birds in the bird feeder. I love the lush green pastures and animals on the rolling hills. I am awed by the huge snow capped mountains.
I am feel humbled by the perfectness of our newborn great grandchildren. He has answered my prayer many times. I am so grateful
But I find it difficult to write about the awe I feel toward God and His creation, but I found that the lyrics of a song written by Mark Altrogge, express my feelings so well.
You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom,
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above.
And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God to who all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.
Father, I adore you and thank you for all the blessings you bestow on us, your beloved children. Amen.