“Momma told me not to put my trust in just anybody.
But tell me who is like the Lord
Not anybody!” – Trip Lee
It’s funny that I am sitting down here thinking about this question after all God and I have gone through. i have stores of stories of adventures and how he came through for me (and others) just at the right time. Of how he saved me, kept me and led me to go beyond what I had dreamed of. Yet, taking an honest look at myself, I have to ask this question.
I’ve been avoiding it for a few weeks after I got into Isaiah chapter 40. It was all fun and games until I took it seriously. Of course he’s trustworthy, he’s God (with a capital G)! But then you sin, or drift or take your eyes off of him and onto the waves and it becomes real. This is what God was getting at in Isaiah 40-53. When God stops being trustworthy we stop trusting him, and obedience takes trust.
Why would I trust God? In 40:12-14 he shows his omniscience. “Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?” (40:14) I tend to trust smart people – it’s a general human rule. The more you know, the more people believe you. It’s the “trust me I’m The Doctor” mentality and clearly no one taught God – not even life.
Life couldn’t teach him because he is the source of life. I find chapter 45 very interesting because he continually reminds Israel that he is their Maker – and not just theirs but the world’s. He is “he who created the heavens…who fashioned and made the earth” (45:18). He takes hold of kings’ right hands and leads them on straight paths (45:1). And I still find it fascinating that he levels mountains (45:2). I know it’s not literal but the thought that is transferred is awesome.
God is the creator (40:26, 28). If the inventor of the snuggy blanket said to put my legs in the sleeves I would probably do it even if the adverts instructed me to put my arms in the sleeves. “The inventor always knows the product best” Trip Lee said in his song My Lord so who better to trust with my life than the one who made me?
He then paints a picture of idols that I have not seen before. To whom shall we compare God or count him equal? (46:5; 44:7; 40:18, 25) In Deuteronomy God commands the Israelites not to make an image of him. First of all, no one has seen God (John 1:18) so all images would be man’s images. And secondly, when an idol is made does not the maker have more power than the idol? Are they not stationary unless someone carries it (46:7)? The same wood that makes the idol bakes the bread and keeps us warm. What is God made of?
God taunts scoffs at idols when he says their eyes are plastered so they cannot see and their minds are closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think “half of it I used for fuel….shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” (Is 44:18,19) Even the most lofty and grandiose idols are but the material they are made of. But what is God made of and who made him?
Even in my own life, the things that have replaced God at times – charm, intelligence, money, that “thing” that makes people like me – where did they come from? Who made them? Did I make myself smart? Or creative? Or rich? Are they not things given to me (Exodus 4:11; James 1:17)?
If the obvious answer is ‘yes’ why did I even ask the question in the first place? I looked at my life last year and the road ahead. There are so many dreams, so many things I could do, so many goals; yet sometimes it is filled with ‘ifs’ and ‘what ifs’; and obstacles and hurdles and tightropes. It hangs in the balance, bobs up and down in the sea and very little about it is certain. So yes, I ask because it’s all up in the air – where God spread the heavens.
This is what the Lord says – he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: do not be afraid (Isaiah 44:2)