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 46:3-4)
Contrary to what some proudly political professing Christians claim, God did not design us to “pick ourselves up by our own bootstraps.” The God who created us carries us — not just in infancy, but throughout our lives.
It was the voice of a hardened criminal who sacrilegiously challenged Jesus on the cross to “Save yourself, and us.” We can no more save ourselves or anyone else by our own efforts than a pot can spin the Potter’s wheel. We are saved not through amassing military might, developing technological prowess, or becoming psychologically enlightened. We are saved by surrendering to our Savior and being carried on his shoulders through this life and into the next.
As the rest of the world builds false gods to create an illusion of security, we are to rely on the One true God to save us. God speaks through Isaiah,
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
calling a bird of prey from the east,
that man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass.
I have purposed, and I will do it. (Isaiah 46: 8-11)
While God could certainly accomplish His saving plans entirely on His own, He most often chooses to partner with human agents who faithfully carry out His will. Likewise, God often reveals His will to us as it develops through His Word and most clearly in His Word-made-flesh Jesus Christ.
God’s will definitely and surely comes to pass. So what is our role? We are the human actors on the stage chosen to portray a divine play filled with beauty and truth. God is the playwright, the producer, and the director. The show could go on with0ut us. But God has chosen us to play a part and we are blessed to play it well.
What if we resist? God goes on to say through Isaiah –
Listen to me, you stubborn of heart
you who are far from righteousness:
I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory. (Isaiah 46:12-13)
As God’s salvation comes to pass, the best place to be is within the heavenly kingdom. The last thing we want to do is resist the saving love of God. Instead, calling on the Spirit of Christ, we can come home and delight in God’s glory forever.