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God is in control of the earth and watches over His people. Idols cannot compete with Him and they can do nothing.

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Isaiah 40:18-31

18. “At this point the prophet wants his audience to affirm their belief in the uniqueness and superiority of their God.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 114)

“When you behold the greatness of God, then you will see everything else in life in its proper perspective.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 49)

“The glory of Israel’s God is fundamentally incomparable to the characteristics of anything on earth.” (Smith, 114)

19. “The idol-god has no shape or beauty other than what the human craftsmen can give it through their skill at carving wood, molding metals, or overlying an object with a thin layer of gold.” (Smith, 114)

20. “The main concern of the builder of an idol is not whether it is a god who can deliver on promises but whether the image will topple. The god does not have power even to stand on his own two feet.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from]


21. “The question ‘Do you not know?’ actually means, ‘Surely, you do know.’” (Smith, 116)

22. “It is clearly stated in this verse that the earth is a sphere, a circle positioned in an even greater universe, and that God’s throne is far beyond the penetration of the most powerful telescopes as they search out the limitless vault of space.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 286)

23. “God’s rule over the heavens and the earth as king is the theological basis for extrapolating his control over the powerful human rulers of this world at this time.” (Smith, 117)

24. “In God’s framework of eternal time, these kings rule only a short time, so they also can be compared to something that is ‘no sooner’ [NIV] planted, something that has ‘scarcely, no sooner’ taken root in the soil.” (Smith, 117)


25. “The question, ‘To whom can you compare me? Asks if there is anyone who has a likeness that is in any way slightly comparable to the Holy God of Judah?” (Smith, 118)

26. “If you look at God through your circumstances, He will seem small and very far away, but if you look at your circumstances through God, He will draw very near and reveal His greatness to you.” (Wiersbe, 49)

“If God can keep track of a million stars across the broad heavens, certainly he can keep track of every one of his chosen people.” (Smith, 119)


27. “When you find yourself in the midst of a storm, instead of sitting and weeping and criticizing God, why don’t you look around and find out what lesson He wants you to learn?” (McGee, 286)

“God will not let you go through trails unless He has something for you to learn.” (McGee, 286)

28. “We have a great God. He never gets tired. He is not like man.” (McGee, 287)

29. “We can never obey God in our own strength, but we can always trust Him to provide the strength we need (Philippians 4:13).” (Wiersbe, 50)

30. We “must come to the realization that God’s strength is needed. The best and brightest are not immune to failure.” (Smith, 122)

31. “Trust is never easy, but it is the key to unlocking God’s power. Trust enables people to walk the path (41:31) that God has chosen for their lives (whether it be pleasant or unpleasant) without growing weary or wanting to quit.” (Smith, 122)


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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002


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