Summary: Those that wait upon the Lord.... The Majesty of God, He is able!
The Majesty of God
Introduction - (SLIDE 1)
So What’s The Big Idea: Many today have the wrong idea of just who God is. Today, we need the power of God in our lives: for salvation, and sanctification (victorious Christian living).
Tozer notes, “God is not a railway porter who carries your suitcase and serves you. God is God. He made heaven and earth. He holds the world in His hand. He measures the dust of the earth in the balance. He spreads the sky out like a mantle. He is the great God Almighty. He is not your servant. He is your Father, and you are His child. He sits in heaven, and you are on the earth (Isa 40:12).”
Our Text: (SLIDE 2) Isa 40:28-31: 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.
Isaiah: Isaiah is an Old Testament prophet called by God to prophesy to Judah, the southern kingdom (of the divided kingdom) of Israel. Isaiah prophesied during a time frame of four kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, approximate total of fifty years (ca. 739-690 B.C.).
Setting: Israel, the northern kingdom has been taken into captivity by the Kingdom of Assyria, Judah was spared. Judah is now facing the reality of being taken into captivity by the new bully on the block, Babylon.
Context: In the Book of Isaiah there is a two-fold division: In Isaiah Chapters 1- 39, Isaiah deals with God’s judgments and retributions on the nations. Isaiah 40-66 speaks from a prophetical view regarding an upcoming Babylonian exile with an eventual pardon deliverance and restoration.
The main theme of Isaiah Chapter 40 is the majesty of God.
1. God’s Majesty is a consistent theme in the Book of Isaiah. Isa. 66:1: (SLIDE 3) Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne (a place of honor), and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
2. It is from the throne of the universe in which God rules. Throne to footstool pictures the entirety of the universe.
3. In our text: God is reminding the disillusioned Jews that though their outlook was bleak
and it appeared as if the pagan God’s of the Assyrians and Babylonians had prevailed; He was the One and only true God. He goes on to remind them of His majestic greatness. Perhaps, this reminder is appropriate for your life today? Have you forgotten there is a true God this morning? Unfortunately, pluralism has infected our way of thinking!
II. POINT 1 – (SLIDE 4) God is Great (Isa. 40:28) - This is substantiated by His attributes!
A) He is the Everlasting God (SLIDE 5) (Isa. 40:28a) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD. . .
1. Everlasting meaning His time is beyond the sphere of temporality; it is beyond the vanishing point and cannot be evaluated. APPLICATION: He was able to meet the needs of His people even in the most darkened circumstances back in Isaiah’s time and in even in our present culture and society. What is your need today?
2. Elmer Towns describes God as: “The nature of God knows no limits in space. God exists even where there is no space. There is no existence beyond God’s existence.”
a. Doesn’t this sound like a God who knows your difficulties and is capable of caring for you this morning? We have a God that has numbered the hairs on your head; better yet, He can count the apples that will grow as a result of a single seed!
B) He is the Creator. (SLIDE 6) More specifically: your Creator, my Creator, Creator PERIOD!
1. His Creation is a demonstration of his power. He made, upholds, governs and judges creation.
2. In Psalms 19:1, the Psalmist stated: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Elmer Towns adds: “The Bible teaches that God ‘upholdeth all things by the word of His power’ (Heb 1:3; Colo 1:17). The power of God keeps the comets in their path and the planets in their orbit. The power of God keeps the atom from exploding into unlimited nuclear fission.” OH MY, WHAT A GOD!