From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.—Isaiah 64:4
No one has ever heard or seen this God.
Our Bible reading for today suggests that in working for those who wait for him, God does something quite special and unique…he works for those who wait for Him!
This is in contrast to the Babylonian gods in Isaiah 46:1–4. Bel and Nebo are the Jupiter and Mercury of Babylon, and they are as helpless. They have to be carried. Their worshippers have to work for them. But the Lord of Israel, Jehovah, is the creator, and HE does the carrying.
Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols are on beasts and cattle; these things you carry are loaded as burdens on weary beasts. They stoop, they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity. Hearken to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am He, and to grey hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save (cf. Jeremiah 10:5).
Our God does not need to be carried. He has made us, and he will carry us. Our God will work for those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 says, “He exalts himself to show mercy to you.”
Our God is unique, wonderful, awesome and worthy of our worship. He forgives us and works for us! We can hardly imagine such a wonderful God! The Creator of the universe comes down and works for us, His creatures.
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