Isaiah 40:25-31 (NIV)
25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As the remnant in Babylon looked back, they saw failure and sin; and they needed encouragement. Despair has overtaken them with the thought that God has canceled His covenant with them and abandoned them because of their sins. In response to their need, God speaks directly through His prophet Isaiah to reveal the other side of His character. God as Redeemer gives assurance to Judah that He will take them home to Jerusalem and the grace of God to restore their covenant relationship with Him. As you read through the 40th chapter of Isaiah he has lined up the facts of God’s greatness over nations, graven images, rulers, and other gods. The Lord asks one more question of the exiles: “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?” (v.27) God asks them to remember what they have heard and what they have known. He, the Lord of Jacob and the Holy One of Israel, is also“the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” (v.28)
Isaiah says God “will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” (28) God offers to the exiles the final resolution of their fears about the return to Jerusalem. He will exchange His power for their weakness and His strength for their weariness (29). When He does this, their energy will exceed the vigor of youth.
If the exiles are willing to trust God with His timing and His strength to fulfill His promise then, “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (31) It is now with God’s strength that they were now ready for the seven-hundred-mile walk home.
Are there circumstances in your life that you have not trusted God for? Do you feel like you are on a seven-hundred-mile walk? Do you think that God has grown weary and tired? The fact is that God does not grow tired and weary. But when we grow tired and weary God will give us the strength and power we need. Even youths and young men stumble and fall all over the place out of exhaustion and weakness. But Isaiah is telling us that this is not true of our God. All true strength comes from Him. During this time of prayer and fasting put your hope in the Lord and rely on His strength and power. When you do, be ready to take off and fly like eagles. You will have the strength to keep on going, running and walking on your Seven-Hundred-Mile Walk.
2) “Do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” (3 John 11)
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