“To whom will you compare me or make me equal? Who will you measure me with, so that we should be like each other” (Isaiah 46.5)?
While I may not be able to come up with a rival in my heart for God, I do tend to compare Him with my own self-confidence. But I certainly cannot bring myself out of darkness and into the light. I wither under the power of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I cannot negotiate the path ahead and miss the snares set for me. “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10.23). “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17.5). Instead, God establishes me in Christ. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3.5).
There are many people in my life that have qualities which endear me to them. They are kind and gracious. I am indebted to them for making my life more fulfilling and comfortable. But these people cannot be what God alone is for me. He redeemed me. Jesus died for me. He keeps me safe …protecting me and providing for me. “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You” (Psalm 73.25). Are there any human rivals which make the prayer of Psalm 73.25 insincere in my life? This is a deep and meaningful meditation today.