Soaring Like an EagleSeries: Believe
We won’t survive this world without something to live for beyond this life. It’s likely you know someone who has just given up, let themselves go, lied down, and quit. It’s called despair. Christians, however, have been called to live their lives with a vital connection with the future. That is why hope makes us invincible. The theme of hope, trust in the mighty promises of God - is embedded in the passage we’re examining today - Isaiah 40.21-31.
Isaiah 40.27 - Despair
- 40.27b - My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God.
- 40.27a - Isaiah confronts them about it. Why do you say these things? Why do you speak these things?
- There are two kinds of doubt:
- That which struggles to believe in view of the difficulties of life.
- That which resists belief.
- 40.26 - because He is strong in power, not one is missing. If not even the faintest star escapes God’s attention - we should be confident that God’s eye is on us.
- 40.27 - who are the ones God is addressing? Jacob and Israel.
Isaiah 40.28-29 - God’s Greatness
- 40.28a - The Lord is the everlasting God. God is not confined to time.
- 40.28b - the Creator of the ends of the earth. Doesn’t matter where life takes you: God will already be there for you.
- 40.28c - He does not grow faint or grow weary. God is always at work.
- 40.28d - His understanding is unsearchable. We don’t submit to God with our brain - we submit to Him in faith. 2 Corinthians 5.7 - for we walk by faith, not by sight.
- 40.29 - He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. God makes His power perfect in weakness.
Isaiah 40.30-31 - Renewal
- Isaiah 40.30 - Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.
- Human strength, even in its prime, will fail.
- Isaiah 40.31a - they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; …God enables those who draw strength from His promise.
- 40.31b - they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Its not a matter of willpower - but of expectancy.
- 40.31 - wait for the Lord. Think confident & eager suspense.
- Waiting is an important part of our faith. It’s what faith does before God’s answer shows up.
- God has promised His children overwhelming glory in their salvation.
- But, He will not underwrite your worldliness with His power.
- He will support the type of disposition described in Psalm 73.25.
- Do you believe in God’s promise?