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About-Him.Com Devotional 08-17-2013
Thoughts on Isaiah 40, Waiting for the Lord
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
At the time of this writing the inhabitants of Judah were enduring Babylonian captivity. God had punished them there because they had pursued and worshipped idol Gods. What would they find when they returned to Judah? Not much. They would face a total rebuilding of their cities and their infrastructure. A daunting task which would overwhelm even the strongest among them. The people were in a state of total depression and their natural response was to gripe and complain.
Earlier in the chapter the Lord gave the promise that He would come and walk among them. At that time they could lift up their voice with strength and proclaim to all the cities of Judah, “Behold your God (Is. 40:9).” I imagine that there were those who heard the prophet’s word and asked, “Well what about the here and now? Does God see our trouble, does He even care? “ How do I pay the rent? How will I feed my children? Does it even pay to serve God? And the list of complaints goes on and on.
God’s answer was simply, “Behold Me and trust Me.” We can look to circumstances and be feel defeated. We can look to others and be disappointed. We can look to ourselves and be totally overwhelmed. Or, we can look to Almighty God.
He is the One who measured the vast oceans in the hollow of His hand. He stretched out the heavens alone by Himself (Isa. 44:24). He measured the expanse of the heavens between His thumb and little finger. Nobody taught Him and nobody counseled and instructed Him. He did it all by Himself. He wasn’t impressed with the mighty nations of that time and He is probably less impressed with those of our time. He considers them as nothing.
Isaiah 40:12 ¶ Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
To whom then will we compare our God (Is. 40:18)? Nobody that I can think of.
Don’t we remember being told how He sits upon the circle of the earth. He stretches out the heavens as a curtain and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in. From there we look like grasshoppers in His sight. When the rulers of this world get too high and mighty, He blows upon them and removes them as dust in a whirlwind (Is. 40: 21-25).
When we feel depressed and overwhelmed, we need to go out at night and look into the skies. God placed all of the stars and planets in the heavens where they have functioned with perfect precision ever since the day of creation. Man has not yet named them all, but God calls them all by name. He is the Lord, our Creator. He is Everlasting (Is. 9:6). Because He never gets tired and He never gets weary, He is able to strengthen and renew us. The Hebrew word for renew means to exchange. This is what happened to us when we became new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Co. 5:9).
Our task now is to wait upon Him. The Hebrew word for wait doesn’t mean to set around and do nothing. It means to hope for and eagerly expect that the Lord will renew us. The prophet used the analogy of the eagles who would shed their old feathers and replace them with new. Then they would soar away with fresh vigor, far above the bounds of earth. So it will be for us, when we patiently wait upon and faithfully serve our Lord.
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