Solo – The Incomparable

6 05 2009

Isaiah 46:1-2, 5
“The god Bel falls down, god Nebo slumps. The no-god hunks of wood are loaded on mules and have to be hauled off, wearing out the poor mules. Dead weight, burdens who can’t bear burdens, hauled off to captivity…So to whom will you compare me, the Incomparable?

I am pleasantly surprised when I read a passage in the Bible that I feel like I never read before. I have been a Christian since I was in seventh grade and never heard God’s name as “the Incomparable.” Once I get past the big, blond character out of the Disney movie, the Incredibles, it just sinks in. This is one of the most amazing names ever ascribed to God. The line after it in the bible asks, “Can you picture me with reducing me?” Simply, “no.” I cannot picture God or his abilities without the human filter of human limitations.

This has been a rough week. It seems like a lot of challenges whether physical, spiritual or even emotional. The scripture in verse two really hit it home – “Dead weight, burdens who can’t bear burdens.” That is exactly what they are – weights who have purpose to bring me down with no added value. They are just weights. Burdens which bear no fruit. The more you focus on them, the more I become the mule who get worn out.

These two passages are perfect contradictions. Do I want to carry a parasitic weight around whose whole purpose is to slow me down? Do I really want to serve a God who is bigger than all that I can imagine? Will I continue to carry the weight? Will I continue to put him in a box?

When it comes to the Incomparable….there is no comparison.

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