Next weekend I will be sharing a message at Bay Life Church. I am calling my message, “The Act of Worship.” In preparation I’ve been studying and pondering Isaiah 40. The question is asked, “To whom shall you compare me.” This one chapter alone has been so humbling to me. The Scripture writer, moved to pen the inspired Word of God asks, can the great people of the world be compared to God? A whole course on human history examining the exploits and discoveries of all the world’s great minds and leaders could be conducted. Then what we discover is the greatest and best have vast areas of life they know nothing about. Their lives were lived and passed quickly and now they are dead and gone. The Scriptures say, the best of men are like grasshoppers before Him, they barely get started and then are blown away like chaff.
If men are no comparison, how about empires or nations? God says, all the nations are like dust on the pharmacist’s scales, no need to even blow it off the scales, it won’t tip them a bit! Well, how about the whole planet then? The Scripture writer takes all the grandest things on the planet, like mountain ranges and oceans. It says God weighs the mountains and hills on a little scale and holds the oceans in his hand. These characterizations of God are called anthropomorphisms. That is attributing to God qualities or traits of people. But the point is, to the Creator, this little ball of dirt is just that, nothing compared to Him.
What I’ve realized in my study, is every topic could take massive amounts of research and study and basically could take my entire life. I could study mountains, their structure and plant life. Or I could study the oceans, all 352 quintillion gallons, the mountains and canyons under water diving to depths of nearly 7 miles deep. The oceans with all their mysteries are too much to grasp.
The Scripture writer goes further though and delves into the universe itself. Science guesstimates there are billions of galaxies. Our little corner of the universe, the Milky Way is rather small compared to others. Yet, light traveling at 186,000 miles per second would take 100,000 light years to cross. Light could circle the equator 7.5 times in a second. No one knows for sure but again science estimates the known universe to be 34 billion light years from one end to the other. Scripture says, God, measures the heavens with his finger and calls every star by name.
Scripture also says from cover to cover, God created the universe, in fact Hebrews 11 says, he spoke it into existence from nothing. The first cause, the ultimate energy source that fuels the universe is the God we serve! He is greater than all His creations. The Psalmist says, The heavens declare the Glory of God, and Romans 1 says, the things of creation reveal His identity to the creation so that all are without excuse.
I don’t know Him like I should. My understanding of the God I’ve been serving is way to small. The true and living, Creator God cannot be compared to anything in all the universe that comes close to being His equal.
More thoughts are coming on this topic throughout the week of preparation!