It’s important to get your week started on the right foot—and there’s no better way to do that than to spend a few minutes reading Scripture! Today, we’re kicking off a new blog post series called Monday Morning Scripture—each Monday morning, we’ll post a thought-provoking Bible passage to help you keep focused on God as you begin your busy week. We’ll keep a special eye out for lesser-known Scripture passages you may not be familiar with.
This morning’s passage is Isaiah 46:3-13, a beautiful assurance both of God’s authority and his faithful support of his children:
Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
the few people left of the nation of Israel.
I’ve carried you since your birth.
I’ve taken care of you from the time you were born.
Even when you’re old, I’ll take care of you.
Even when your hair turns gray, I’ll support you.
I made you and will continue to care for you.
I’ll support you and save you.
To whom will you compare me and make me equal?
To whom will you compare me so that we can be alike?
People pour gold out of their bags and weigh silver on scales.
They hire a goldsmith. He makes it into a god.
They bow down and worship it.
They lift it on their shoulders and carry it.
They set the idol in its place, and it stands there.
It doesn’t move from its place.
If they cry to it for help, it can’t answer.
It can’t rescue them from their distress.
Remember this, and take courage.
Recall your rebellious acts.
Remember the first events,
because I am God, and there is no other.
I am God, and there’s no one like me.
From the beginning I revealed the end.
From long ago I told you things that had not yet happened, saying,
“My plan will stand, and I’ll do everything I intended to do.”
I will call a bird of prey from the east.
I will call someone for my plan from a faraway land.
I have spoken, and I will bring it about.
I have planned it, and I will do it.
Listen to me, you stubborn people who are far from being righteous.
I’ll bring my righteousness near; it isn’t far away.
My salvation will not be delayed.
I’ll provide salvation for Zion
and bring my glory to Israel. — Isaiah 46:3-13 (GW)
Questions to Consider
- What actions or attitudes do you think might have prompted this message from God? Does it speak to you today?
- The middle section of this passage talks about blacksmiths fashioning useless idols. What are the modern-day equivalents of these idols, which “can’t rescue from distress”?
- Why should we trust God, according to this passage?