Hovering over Isaiah 45 this morning. Particularly the prophet’s words directed to a Persian king. A king called by name by a God he didn’t know. A king unaware he has been equipped by heaven to accomplish the Creator’s purposes on earth. A dime a dozen king, in a sense, displaying the glory of a like no other God.
“For the sake of My servant Jacob, and Israel My chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know Me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides Me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
(Isaiah 45:4-6 ESV)
Maybe because I am getting ready to lead a class on the nature and character of God, but as I try and process the LORD’s words through Isaiah I’m somewhat overwhelmed this morning. Give your head a shake, Pete! Try to teach on a God like no other god? A God like no other anything? What are you thinking? Lord, help me.
Yet, our invisible God desires to be recognized. He has purposed to be a communicating God. A God who has gone to great lengths to make Himself known, even in His unknown-ness. Communicating through His carefully preserved, God-breathed word, and by His liberally supplied, truth-illuminating Spirit. And so, you hover over words like these and you somehow sense you are actually getting to know Him who is unfathomable. Able to draw near to Him who lives in approachable light.
But, for whatever familiarity is wrought by a Creator who makes Himself known to His creation, at some point you just need to be still and know that He is God. To quiet yourself as you try to comprehend a God beyond comprehension. To calm yourself as you try to contain and ponder that which can’t help but overflow the heart, soul, and mind.
. . . for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
(Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV)
Even so, Lord.
By Your grace. For Your glory.