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.
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.
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.
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.”
Posted on October 20, 2015