No God beyond God

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 45

I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. (v. 5)

Why are people fascinated with mythical creatures like Big-foot or the Loch Ness Monster? Why do people write fantasy and science fiction stories? Humans have an ability to dream up alternate realities and fantastic worlds. It can be fun to push beyond the boundaries of the real world into imaginary realms of seemingly endless possibility. However, while this imaginative impulse is God-given and good, as fallen sinners our imaginations are also distorted and in need of salvation.

The first place where our imaginations need saving is in our thoughts about God. Our restless minds crave a different god, a god beyond God, a buffet table of gods, or no god at all. We want to set the parameters of God for ourselves. But in Isaiah 45, God says over and over again, “I am the LORD, and there is no other” (v. 6). The refrain reverberates throughout the chapter, a constant reminder that an infinite God is our limit and end. Isaiah asks us to repent and humbly submit our imaginations to God.

In surrendering the restless false infinity of our imaginations, we can rest in the infinite goodness of God. God has placed a longing in our hearts for something else, someone beyond ourselves. That something and someone was always supposed to be God. If you’re a dreamer, don’t fall in love with longing. Be content with the mystery you are given; let yourself be satisfied by God. —Steven Rodriguez

Prayer: God, let my restless heart find its rest in you. (Augustine)