Isaiah 44:8 ~ No Other Rock

God spoke through the prophet Isaiah, saying, “Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other rock; I know not one.” – from Isaiah 44:8 NIV

No other God?
The God of the Bible is the Creator, the Almighty LORD, and the One who has always been, is, and will always be. All of Isaiah chapter 44 is profound, but as I read it this time, verse 8 is what knocked me down and picked me back up: God is my Rock.

Levitated Mass ~ Sculpture by Michael Heizer
Levitated Mass ~ Sculpture by Michael Heizer

No other Rock?
For God to be like a rock, he must be vast, the First Cause, the Creator, eternal, unchangeable, all-powerful, all-knowing, our unmovable foundation, our mainstay. In a way, God is like the Rock of Gibraltar, by which ship captains stay on course.

I’ve never been to Gibraltar, but when our family visited Los Angeles we saw a 340-ton boulder of solid granite, sculpted by Michael Heizer, called Levitated Mass, that had been trucked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from the Stone Valley Quarry, 60 miles east. Although it’s only a fraction of the size of Gibraltar, it was massive enough to claim my respect as well as to wonder if the supports were strong enough to hold it while we walked beneath it.

Supports hold Levitated Mass
Supports hold Levitated Mass

How tiny I felt in comparison to Levitated Mass! I once met a guy who said he didn’t need God because he was his own god. Another guy responded, “Nice job creating Mount Rainier!” which made the first guy, as well as the rest of us, laugh.

Muscle Man
Muscle Man

Source of Peace?
Sometimes I toss and turn and don’t sleep well for whatever reason. In the morning, however, as I focus my eyes on ancient thoughts, the Word refreshes my being more than a good night’s sleep. I’m not kidding. God used Isaiah 44:8 to remind me how and why I can weather the storm. If you know me, you know I tend to be a worry-wart, so if God can calm my fears, He can calm yours, too.

“Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

Amen!

The Rock of Gibraltar - photo by Rebecca Wiles
The Rock of Gibraltar – photo by Rebecca Wiles

Posted on October 20, 2015

4 thoughts on “Isaiah 44:8 ~ No Other Rock

  1. Isaiah 44

    Hey Norma, I’ve been really stuck on this Bible verse. I’m hoping you can shed some light on my worry and for God to help bring me peace through you. I can’t seem to understand or comprehend what God’s word is when he saids “I know not one”. To me, God’s wording here seems to read like he isn’t sure there isn’t other God (like he has questioned himself before about there being other Gods out there somewhere” why doesn’t he just say “THERE IS NO OTHER GOD”? Why does he word it like he did? Does he mean “No, there isn’t any other Gods”? Or is He saying something like “I’ve searched and don’t know of any other”. Well, shouldn’t he already know that there is none like him because he made everything and there’s no one else above him? Isn’t he supposed to know EVERYTHING? So I don’t understand why he would say it like that. Please help me understand…because my own logic doesn’t understand why he would word it like this. Also, later on in this passage God states through revelation to Isaiah that he shuts the eyes to the foolish, because of their sinning. Why does God do that and not let themselves do it because of their sin? To me, it reads like God is the one who shuts their eyes and makes them blind and turns away from them. But wouldn’t that contradict his very nature of forgiveness for us? I just seem to not be understanding any of this. Please pray for me dear sister. I’m doubting and I can’t seem to stop the doubt. I’m very afraid. All I want to do is love him, please him, obey him, believe and have faith in him.

    -Joey

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful question. First, how did you find my blog?

      Second, I’m no theological expert, so please don’t accept my answer as definitive. For what it’s worth, in Isaiah 44:8, where God says, “Is there any God besides Me? I know of no other,” he uses the verb “to know” as a way of pointing to his infinite store of knowledge. God knows everything, so if there were another God in the universe, he would know of course because omniscience is a characteristic of God alone. But his knowledge does not contain any others like him, because there are none. Notice what God says back in verse 6: “I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.” Verse 8 is another way of saying the same thing.

      Isaiah 55:8 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
      May God bless you, Joey, as you study the Bible and get to know him better.

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