Summary: The children of God who allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate into their hearts the truths found in what Isaiah wrote overcome circumstances that can cause them to doubt the Lord’s love for them. They find themselves walking in the power of Almighty God,
Turn Bibles to Isaiah 40:28-31
Title: Ever-flowing Stream of Grace
Theme: Results from Trusting in God
Introduction: The results in trusting in God are far beyond outward observance and far beyond the onlooker’s perspective. These results grow out of our relationship with God the Father, Christ our Lord and our ability to walk in step with the Holy Ghost.
Regardless of who you are and your place in the Body of Christ, if you are going to continue on and see your ministry through to a healthy completion, it is going to cost you something, and it going to require that you put your trust in Jesus’ promise, which is “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) When things happen that cause you to question your ministry’s worth, to become weary and want to give up, God has a promise that will meet you at whatever condition you find yourself in.
Listen as I read Isaiah 40:28-31, “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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.” Pray!!!!“
Proposition: I would propose to you that when despondency comes upon the Body of Christ and when we have the tendency to bring God down to our level, we need to let the Holy Spirit bring the truths found in today’s text to life within our minds and hearts.
Interrogative Sentence: Just what are the results of trusting in God? The children of God who allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate into their hearts the truths found in what Isaiah wrote overcome circumstances that can cause them to doubt the Lord’s love for them. They find themselves walking in the power of Almighty God, thus hearing, understanding and achieving God’s perfect will for them.
Transitional Sentence: The beginning of Isaiah forty begins with “Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) You must understand before God sent His people in to bondage for continual sin, He always furnished them with promises that would support them and comfort them, if they would only listen and obey.
Isaiah chapter forty holds truths not just for the Jews of Isaiah’s day, but also for the children of God today. It is in Isaiah 40:3 we read of the work and ministry of John the Baptist who was the forerunner of Christ. John’s ministry was “A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert [to] prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” John’s ministry was to lead and point all to Christ. Therefore, the instructions and promises found in Isaiah 40:28-31 are for the child of God who would but trust in the Lord as John the Baptist did.
The language of the prophet “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” is one of reproving. (Matthew Henry; Barnes Notes; The pulpit Commentary) We know that by reading Verse 27 which reveals to us the heart of the Jews who became melancholy, complaining, and whining. Listen to their words of despair, “…My way is hidden from the Lord: my cause is disregarded by my God.”
The Jews were relying on brain power here and responding to their circumstances. This is when brain power becomes limited and often is overcome with a critical spirit. These people nourished depression, needless fears, and mistrust. (The Pulpit Commentary) Disappointments can breed mistrust in truth, and what is even worse, disappointments can cause people to no longer look for truth. They stop trusting in God’s truths and set the stage of a skeptical atmosphere. (The Pulpit Commentary) It literally stops the desire of searching for Biblical understanding. (Matthew Henry; The Pulpit Commentary) This births forth a questioning spirit. Once this starts it becomes like an electricity of unbelief in the air and must not be breathed in, but rejected because it affects the spiritual health of the Body of Christ. (The Pulpit Commentary)
“Do you not know…” (Isaiah 40:28) as it used in today’s text refers to the fact that the Jewish people had an abundant opportunity of learning. They could have learned from their history, and from their fathers, of the true character of God. They had opportunity to learn of His willingness and ability to deliver them. These Jews had a blameworthy forgetfulness and disregard for the nature of God.