Isaiah begins an excursus on the futility of idols and begins with an invitation to compare that thing you worship with him. How does it compare? No matter what our idol might be, no matter what we might dream up, we can never match the reality of the true God.
To whom then will you liken God,
or what likeness compare with him?
An idol! A craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and casts for it silver chains. (Isaiah 40:18-19)
To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing. (v. 25-26)
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Dt 12, Ps 97-98, Is 40, Rev 10