The passage from Isaiah is such a convicting passage as it calls us to “Present the case for your idols…Let them show what they can do” (Isaiah 41:21). The context for the passage is that the people of God turned away from their God (YAHWEH) and gave their affection and attention to false gods and looks to false gods for help. They forgot all that God had done for them in the past and they turned away from their Creator and Provider. Despite the forgetfulness and sinfulness of God’s people, God still came through for His people and provided salvation for them. The prophet then celebrates that God again demonstrates grace to the people of God, “Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing his praises from the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 42:10). Despite the fact that God’s people abandoned Him, He will not abandon His people. He clearly proclaims that He will continue to provide for His people. “I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them. But those who trust in idols, who say, ‘You are our gods’ will be turned away in shame” (Isaiah 42:16-17).
This passage illustrates our character and the character of God. We are so quick to pursue idols of fame, pleasure, selfishness, and power and we regularly forget all that God has done for us. While our memory is fleeting, God’s faithfulness is steadfast. The question is not whether God will be there for us, but rather will we continue to look to God for the guidance, protection, and love that He is ready to provide. May we recognize and represent the faithfulness and steadfastness of our Savior.