Use a picture, photo, or memory to contemplate a scene of grandeur and beauty in creation. Let it stimulate your worship.
Read Isaiah 40:12-31
 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?  Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor?  Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?  Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.  Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.  Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.  With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?  As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.  A person too poor to present such an offering selects wood that will not rot; they look for a skilled worker to set up an idol that will not topple.  Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?  He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.  He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.  No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.  “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.  Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat point do you think Isaiah is making in these verses?
Human beings are paradoxical. We are mere dust, and yet we have the breath of God within us (Gen. 2:7). Not surprisingly, we struggle to get a true perspective on reality. One moment we feel totally insignificant; the next we are too full of our own importance. This passage oscillates between these two perspectives, and finally reaches a resolution. The more we discover about the universe, the more we stand in awe of its Creator. And yet, such a majestic God can seem remote. What can mere mortals offer him? We certainly cannot give him any advice or wisdom (13,14). We cannot make an offering that is worth anything (16). Collective humanity amounts to next to nothing (17). The natural human reaction is to reduce God to our scale, but this amounts to idolatry. So, the prophet re-establishes the first perspective: the grandeur of God and the insignificance of humanity (22,23). Embracing a true perspective–the greatness of God and our own smallness–does not mean that we are insignificant to our Creator. Quite the reverse: because he is so great, he can attend to us, weak as we are, with care.
Meditate on verse 31. Take time to “wait” in the presence of the Lord and be renewed.
I thank You, Lord God, that You are so very great and still love me so very greatly!
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