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,
all the remnant of the house 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.
(Isaiah 46: 1, 3-4 ESV)
I love how Isaiah describes the difference between worshiping an idol and worshiping the one true God. While the idols must be carried by their worshipers, the God of Israel carries His people. There’s just something quite touching in reflecting upon that statement.
The difference highlights and points to the difference between the many religions of the world and Christianity in our time today. While most religions would have us working and serving a deity in order to gain divine approval, Christianity is unique in that God, out of grace, serves us. We cannot earn his love, but rather God, out of His love for us, transforms and enables us to enjoy His presence.
We do not carry God as if He needs us,
but rather God carries us because we need Him.
The LORD is a God who is able and willing to serve us
out of the abundance of His great love for us.
So Isaiah appears to be telling his audience, in light of such great truths:
why worship an idol that must be carried when you have a God who will carry you?
Why seek approval and blessing from anything other than God, when God is far better?