Summary: Comfort for those who belongto God
LISTEN THIS IS WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY
God says "Give them hope." The prophet Isaiah had a similar challenge from God, when he said Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1
A very successful lawyer parked his brand new Lexus in front of the office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck came along, too close to the curb, and completely tore off the driver’s door of the Lexus. The counselor immediately grabbed his cell phone, dialed 911, and it wasn’t more than 5 minutes before a policeman pulled up. Before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically. His Lexus, which he had just picked up the day before, was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how the body shop tried to make it new again. After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disgust and disbelief. "I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are," he said. "You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life." "How can you say such a thing?" asked the lawyer. The cop replied, "Good grief man, don’t you even realize that your left arm is missing? It got ripped off when the truck hit you!!!" "Oh no!" screamed the lawyer, looking down at his missing arm. "Where’s my Rolex?"
It is true that all of us face problems. There is a problem with diseases that come to us. There are problems associated with old age, sick and aging parents or spouses, with finances, misunderstandings between friends, some may have a problem with failing to forgive others, no self-esteem or very low self-esteem, suffering from guilt over things done in the past, some have been cheated, have been lied to, have been unfaithful in some way, you might have a family member with a drug or alcohol problem. We can look at our prayer lists and we see many problems. We may personally struggle over our inability to do what we should do and not do what we shouldn’t do. This can overwhelm us. We can begin to think that things are without a solution!
Some times we do not have these problems ourselves, but we know loved ones and friends that do. Many a parent is distraught over the actions of their children. How often the devil wants us to be worried, concerned and frustrated over our own problems and the problems of others especially when they are people we love.
Sometimes we get totally distracted and overwhelmed with problems. It is possible to become sick with worry, fret and care! Isaiah here knows that Israel was having trouble, and thought that God had forsaken them. In the midst of all that you are facing, you may feel like God has forsaken or forgotten you. You feel alone. You wonder when you are ever going to get some relief from the increasing difficulties in your life.
Let us focus on vs. 28 it says “Have you not known? Have you not heard?”
In the midst of all these concerns and problems can we hear God speaking to us? Notice this about God today:
1. GOD IS ALIVE! Vs. 28 Isaiah 40:28 “Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.” “Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The eternal God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t grow tired or become weary. His understanding is beyond reach.”
He is the eternal god. Ps. 90:2 “Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.” Deut. 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and his everlasting arms are under you.
Rev. 11:17 And they said, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.
Job 36:26 "Look, God is exalted beyond what we can understand. His years are without number.
HE IS the God who Created all things. Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” PS 102:25 “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.” IS 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens and all their host have I commanded.”
our God does not grow faint or weary. We can easily become overwhelmed with our problems. We wonder how we’ll ever have victory over some of our problems. We puzzle over solutions. Listen God doesn’t! Jer. 32:17 “O Sovereign Lord! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you!” LK 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 18:27 “And he said, the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”