Summary: God’s answer to all of life’s challenges is the same: Trust Me - an exposition of Isaiah 40
May 1, 2011
Sometimes, reading the newspaper can be entertaining. How about these headlines?
• 4-H Girls Win Prizes for Fat Calves
• After Detour to California Shuttle Returns to Earth
• Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
• Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
• Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
• L.A. Voters Approve Urban Renewal By Landslide
• Lawyers Give Poor Free Legal Advice
• Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
• Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
• March Planned For Next August
• Milk Drinkers are Turning to Powder
• Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
These are funny, but, most days, news headlines paint a much more challenging picture of our world, don’t they? If you did nothing but listen to or watch or read news, and had no other perspective on the world, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to maintain any kind of positive attitude about our world.
Here are a few headlines I came across just this week:
Death toll reaches 14,435 from great quake-tsunami in Japan
Home prices falling in most major cities
Economists temper forecast for recovery
Gas tops key $4 price mark in Ohio
At least 400 civilians killed in Syria revolt
Tornadoes and storms rip through South, at least 284 dead
Anybody depressed yet? Anybody worried or scared yet? We can go from the larger level of things to worry about – things going on around the world that impact much if not all of the world - down to the smaller level – that’s us – the things that touch our lives personally. Illnesses. Jobs. Our personal finances. Family troubles. What would the headlines in your life look like?
How are we to respond to these challenges in the world, and these challenges in our personal lives? First I’ll give you the short answer, which is the best answer: in all these things, God says, “Trust Me.” God’s short answer to these questions is “Trust Me.”
But why? Why should we trust God? I believe there are many answers to this question in the Word of God. But for at least one longer answer to this, turn with me to Isaiah chapter 40. As you’re turning, let me give you a quick background.
The prophet Isaiah was writing here to a people in exile. Israel and Judah were living under an evil empire. They had been driven from their homelands, and were virtually powerless to do anything on their own. They’d seen their share of people killing other people, their own brand of terror. I’m guessing that many of the people of Israel and Judah, at the time of the message of Isaiah chapter 40, experienced the same kind of despair that people of our day might have, after we review the horrors of the daily news, or consider the difficult challenges in our personal lives.
Without the perspective that the Word of God can provide for us, it’s easy to become hopeless – to despair of ever seeing anything positive. It’s easy to think...we’re powerless. The world is a hopeless place. Where’s God? Where is He in all this stuff?