Summary: We have power through God. Short Wed. Night Devotional.
-Chapter 40 is the beginning of a new section in the book of Isaiah. It is the first chapter which looks beyond the captivity of Israel and on to the brightness of the future God has in store.
This is one of the better known texts in the book of Isaiah. It is well-known because it is well-loved. It is loved because it strikes a familiar cord with so many weary pilgrims who travel this appointed way. At times all of us have been weary. Our experiences can be exhausting. Over the duration of time we can become discouraged. Just remember, this is one of the tricks of the enemy: if discouragement goes unchecked it can lead to defeat.
Isa 40:28 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.
GBN - all power is in his hand to deliver when his time comes.
JFB - known--by thine own observation and reading of Scripture.
Everlasting - These attributes of Jehovah ought to inspire His afflicted people with confidence.
Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
FBN -Despondency in God’s service is sinful and unreasonable, for he is both able and ready to bestow upon his servants any measure of strength and wisdom which their necessities may demand.
the "gator aid" that was given to enlisted men in a Florida training camp during World War II? The daily training for those GIs included a run through an obstacle course. On the final stretch of the endurance test, they had to grab a rope and swing across a broad, shallow pool.
Under the blazing southern sun the water looked so inviting to the men that most of them soon developed a habit of making it only halfway across the pond--that is, until an enterprising lieutenant made it the new home for a large alligator. From that day on, the recruits left the ground 15 feet from the water’s edge and fell sprawling in the dust on the other side.
Likewise, our behavior as Christians must sometimes be shaped by the "encouragement" of the danger of unfavorable circumstances. Without God’s loving correction and faithful discipline we would never develop spiritual strength and endurance. If the Lord didn’t permit threatening conditions to come into our lives, we’d soon succumb to feelings of self-sufficiency and overconfidence.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Researchers at the University of Virginia have found that most people perceive a hill to be steeper than it really is, especially if they’re tired or carrying a heave load. When asked to estimate the slope of a hill, test participates consistently misjudged it, thinking a 10-degree slant was about 30 degrees, and rating a 5-degree slope as nearly 20 degrees.
When were burdened and exhausted, even a minor problem can seem to big for us to handle. It is easy to get convinced that the hill is to steep or tough for us to climb.