This week our Scripture verse is Isaiah 40:31. “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.” Isaiah 40 transitions from judgment to the restoration and comfort for Israel.
So who is God? Verses 25-29 tell us. He is holy, creator, great, mighty, powerful, judge, everlasting, faints not, and increaseth strength to those who have no might. Knowing these things, Israel can wait on the Lord, see God renew their strength, and function in the power and sufficiency of God.
Isaiah 40 is a prophecy of God’s comfort to the nation of Israel. It clearly demonstrates that God is not finished with Israel.
GOD IS… (40:25-29)
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 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.
THEREFORE, ISRAEL COULD WAIT UPON THE LORD (40:30-31)
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.
Isaiah 40 has challenged us to:
- KNOW GOD
- KNOW HIS WORD
- PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
- WAIT ON THE LORD FOR HIS STRENGTH
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001