Isaiah 46:1–13 (NKJV)
46:1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle.
Your carriages were heavily loaded,
A burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together;
They could not deliver the burden,
But have themselves gone into captivity.
This chapter begins with a statement of the futility of idolatry. The gods of the world bow down before the One True God. They cannot deliver. They cannot bless. They cannot sustain. They are manmade figures.
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
Who have been upheld by Me from birth,
Who have been carried from the womb:
4 Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 “To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
And compare Me, that we should be alike?
6 They lavish gold out of the bag,
And weigh silver on the scales;
They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god;
They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.
7 They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble.
God here calls to His people directly to understand that He will be there for them and always be there for them. Even to their old age, He will sustain, deliver, and carry them. There is no God like their Lord!
8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men;
Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
God calls His people to stand up and confess their shortcomings, knowing that God is sovereign above all others. He has no equal, He is God! Therefore, what He speaks will come to pass; it will be done.
12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off;
My salvation shall not linger.
And I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.
The Lord calls to the stubborn and promises His righteousness, but there will be an expiration date on it. God will not linger, but He will provide salvation to Zion, for those who will receive it.
Today, God is calling us to confess and repent of our sinfulness. The church today, nations today, are living in sin, worshipping gods of their own making and rejecting the One True God. Let the Holy Spirit examine your heart. Let God transform you and heal you. Let God be God in your life. Stop trying to get the world to meet your needs. The world is powerless, impotent, and empty. God is awesome, powerful, and full of grace. God loves you. Love Him back. It makes sense!