Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4
The Lord speaks of the idols who serve Babylon for gods, so different from the one who sustains Israel. The rebels of Israel’s days are to remember there is none like God, who “makes known the end from the beginning, and whose purposes will surely stand.”
Declaring the End from the Beginning
Pagans carry their gods. The Lord carries His people.
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: 4 Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Key verses. 46:9-10: God truly is God.
9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.
Personal application. How wonderful to have a God who holds us up, rather than an idol we must lug around on our shoulders.
Predictive prophecy. The future is a mystery to man. We can make educated guesses on what the next few years hold, but to accurately predict events that lie 20, 100, or even 1,000 years in the future is beyond our ability. Thus, the stunning accuracy with which God’s prophets predicted the future is one of the most convincing evidences of the supernatural origin of God’s Word.
I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory. Isaiah 46:13
⇒ When we are ill or old and gray, we no longer have the strength to carry ourselves around. First, we would rely on assistive devices such as a cane, a walker, a wheelchair etc. After that, we become like lifeless objects that need to be moved from place to place. No more freedom over our own bodies until we are no more. In this chapter, we learn that it is God who carries us, not when we are old, but from the moment when we were conceived all the way to the grave and beyond. We don’t need to carry God. God carries us. Nothing is as easy as being carried about. One day, He will restore us so that we can run around on our own again!