Are you wondering about God these days? Perhaps you are feeling the heat of the battle. Maybe you’ve taken a direct hit from the enemy or you are bleeding from the shrapnel of a roadside ‘spiritual’ bomb. You may have been emotionally stabbed in the heart. It could be that an intensely dense fog has rolled-in and you can barely see your hand in front of you. You’re feeling vulnerable. Has the night-time of Christian experience engulfed you? Is your heart in pounding in fear over what maybe next?
In times like these, you might be tempted to wonder if there is something better than what you already have. Someone stronger to get you through. Something to provide more assurance and comfort. Someone who will make your days brighter and happier. Allow the stories and the truth of the Holy Scripture to saturate your thoughts.
The Lord, through the pen of Isaiah, questions the wavering nation of Israel. “Are you wondering if you should be turning to Babylon’s idols? The grass on the other side of the fence may look greener, but it’s totally an illusion. What you have is a million times better than what idols can offer. Those idols will topple and fall every time. Rather than helping the people in their distress and carrying them, their worshippers literally have to pick up their weak idols and carry them as heavy burdens.”
When you get to this verse, you will appreciate the striking contrast:
“Listen to me, O. remnant of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. “To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?” Isaiah 46:3-5
He is my God. He carries me. He delivers me. My God is like no one else and cannot be compared to any other. He has no equal. He is superior to all. He surpasses every rival and is infinitely greater than all. He is Supreme. And YES – His strong arms pick me up and upon His shoulders He carries me!!
Yes, in Isaiah 46 the reference is to the nation of Israel – but He is no less capable and faithful and caring when it comes to you personally. When the one lost sheep was found, where did the Good Shepherd place it? He picked it up and put it upon His strong shoulders [plural] and carried it to safety. He won’t drop the sheep half-way home. When it comes to the government of the nations in Isaiah 9 it says: “and the government shall be upon His shoulder [singular].” But in Luke 15:5 the found sheep is placed upon His shoulders [plural], just back of the Shepherd’s neck, drawn around by both His hands. Got the picture? Two shoulders for one sheep. One shoulder for the nations.
Don’t ever underestimate how much He loves you and how He delights to carry you, and be assured, He will see you through! You will never be too heavy for the Lord to carry.
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today,
Warmly in Christ
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