Isaiah 46 (Listen)
46:1 Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
their idols are on beasts and livestock;
these things you carry are borne
as burdens on weary beasts.
2 They stoop; they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 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.
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
and compare me, that we may be alike?
6 Those who lavish gold from the purse,
and weigh out silver in the scales,
hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
then they fall down and worship!
7 They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
they set it in its place, and it stands there;
it cannot move from its place.
If one cries to it, it does not answer
or save him from his trouble.
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, 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 not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.”
Bel bows down; Nebo stoops; their idols are on beasts and livestock; these things you carry are borne as burdens on weary beasts. . . Listen to me, O house of Jacob . . . 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. (Isaiah 46:1a, 3a, 4)
Isaiah has a lot to say about how powerless idols (false gods) are. We have a picture of this in Isaiah 46. Bel and Nebo (verse 1) were Babylonian idols, and here we see that they are unable to move or act on their own. They had to be carried by animals! But how different is our God! He does not need to be carried. Instead, He carries His people and saves them. As we follow the Lord, we can be assured that we don’t need to (in fact we couldn’t) carry Him. He carries us and saves us. Today, whatever you are facing, may you know that God holds you in His hands and carries you.