Isaiah 44

Isaiah 44 clearly shows just how far man (you and me) will go to do things our way rather than putting God where He belongs in our life.  Isaiah starts with the reminder that some do get God in His rightful place.  “This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel”.  Are you the Lord’s?  Does anyone else know that?  Far too often people want to belong to God but do it in secrecy.  They don’t want to let anyone know.  Why?  Is He not worthy?

Truth is we should tattoo “I am the Lord’s” on our forehead.  He is worthy.  “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no God”.  He is the only true God, and yet we tend to distance ourselves from Him at times.  We don’t want anyone to find out.  That is the wrong response.  “Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any”.  He is the only game in town, and we want to stay arms length away?  How foolish is that!

Sometimes our distancing is not necessarily intentional, but results from putting the focus on self rather than God.  Check out the list of actions Isaiah describes as man creates an idol to replace God.  A list of a dozen or so action words that define how man molds an idol from wood which brings the question “Shall I fall down before a block of wood”?  These come from “a deluded heart has led him astray”.  Check out the words used:  “He fashions….he becomes….he marks….he shapes….he cuts….he plants….he takes….he warms….he prays….he feeds….he cannot”.  Man tries many things, but at the end of the day it is all about God.

So why do we feel so compelled to create an object to worship that we are in control of?  Because we forget the reality of sin.  It is devastating to our future.  God has made a way.  “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you”.  No idol we create will deal with sin.  Only God can provide that solution – and He has through Jesus Christ on the cross.  But we’re often like the guy Isaiah talks about who does lots of things to try and deal with life on our own, rather than making God Lord of our life and depending on Him alone.

He is the only solution.  “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish, 26 who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’ and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins’; who says to the deep, ‘Be dry; I will dry up your rivers”.  He alone is worthy.  Are you making Him Lord?

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