I love the 40th chapter of Isaiah. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite passages in all of the Bible!
Throughout, the anointed and eloquent prophet, Isaiah, sets forth the greatness of God. His strong hand is emphasized as well as his armthatshall rulefor him (vs. 10). He is set forth as the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth (vs. 28). In addition, He doesn’t get tired and is never a loss when it comes to understanding (see vs. 28).
Interestingly enough, this great God that is presented and promoted by the prophet Isaiah is in stark contrast to his depiction of mankind i.e. the human existence within the same passage. Note verses 6 and 7 which declare: All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. . .the grass withereth, the flower fadeth. . .In verse 15, Isaiah grabs the reader’s attention with this analogy: Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance. . .In verse 30, He predicts that [e]ven the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. . .
This is probably a bleak scene for you. It is particularly disturbing in this era when humanity has been elevated so highly. The confidence and ego of mankind is running quite high this days! Recently, I was somewhere and heard the familiar message of the hour: Just believe in yourself. . .you can do it! Yet, Isaiah 40 describes different reality! The frail and fragile nature of the human existence is exposed and we find ourselves confronted with our own limitation and weakness.
At this point, it is important to note that the goal for all of this is not to depress you. Rather, I want you to understand that without Him, we can do nothing! We need a great God in our lives! We can have Him. Isaiah preached this same message in this excellent chapter. He declared: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength (vs. 29). If the reality of your human condition is catching up with you, if, in spite of your best efforts, you can painfully and regretfully sense weakness overtaking you, it is important to realize and experience the Divine Solution! He offers help. He giveth power. . .[H]e increaseth strength!
Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017