There is No Other
Read Isaiah 45:5-7 (ESV)
I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.
According to this passage, what is God in control of?
When you consider things that are going on in the world right now, does it bring you anxiety or peace? There are plenty of anxiety-inducing issues all around us. But there is one fact that trumps them all.
God is in control.
And because He is all-powerful, we don’t have to be afraid that God can’t handle it. In fact, we can be sure that He is using every event that takes place for His sovereign purposes.
In today’s verse, Isaiah prophesies that God would raise up a pagan, Persian king named Cyrus. Through Isaiah, about 150 years before he became king, God was telling the future Cyrus that He was going to equip him and grant him success so that he could build a great empire. Isaiah mentioned a future king by name before he even existed and told him God’s exact purposes for him.
God had a special plan for Cyrus to carry out. Isaiah prophesied that Babylon was going to invade Judah and carry them off into captivity. But, well before Babylon had even invaded, God also told Isaiah His sovereign plan to bring His people back home from exile. God was going to use Cyrus to set the exiled Jews free and rebuild Jerusalem.
What a faithful God! Before He rightly punished them for their sins, He already had a plan to bring them back home to Himself and orchestrated events to make that happen. This is evidence that God never has a half-baked scheme in mind. He knows exactly what He’s going to do, how He’s going to do it, and who He’s going to use. Then, He strategically orchestrates events to make His plan happen.
In talking to King Cyrus through Isaiah, God emphasized that He is the LORD and that there is no other God. He credits Himself as the One who brings good times and hardships. Always for His purposes. He made a point to let Cyrus know that he was merely God’s instrument and that without Him, Cyrus would not have been equipped to accomplish anything.
Friends, the LORD is God. There is no other. We can be at peace knowing that He is in control. He has a solid plan. And that plan has always included a way for us to return to Him. Through Jesus Christ, we can return to God. And right now, God is orchestrating current events to bring about His Eternal Kingdom. Let’s trust Him and be at peace knowing that He’s got this.
God, sometimes I don’t understand what You are doing. I can’t see from Your perspective. But I know from Scripture that You have a plan and that plan includes bringing me home to You. I know You have it under control and I trust You. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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