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A God worth waiting for!

Scripture reading for July 29th: Isaiah 40-43

Chapter 40 of Isaiah begins a new theme of hope and encouragement.  The last 27 chapters of Isaiah are liked to the New Testament’s 27 books of encouragement, history and prophecy.   Let’s get a fresh look at the God of heaven and learn why we can wait for Him to do what He has promised!

Isaiah’s perspective from 700 years before Christ was amazing!  God was so big that he measured the waters of the earth in the hollow of His hand.  He marked off the expanse of the universe with a breadth of His hands!  He could pick up all the dust of the earth and put it in a basket and weigh it. (Isaiah 40:12)  To God, all the nations of the earth were but a drop in His bucket.  (Isaiah 40:16)  According to Isaiah, God sat enthroned above the circle of the earth.  (Isaiah 40:22)   It is believed that most people of his day thought the earth was flat!

God also had a tender side, caring for His people like a shepherd.  (Isaiah 40:11)  He personally called galaxies and their billions of stars by name.  He placed them where He desired and not one was missing! (Isaiah 40:26)  God does all of this effortlessly without getting tired or weary.  His power and strength know no bounds.  His understanding of every detail of every creature is beyond what we can fathom!  (Isaiah 40:27-28)

This God cares for the weary and weak people as well as all creation.   As they wait on Him, they are strengthened by His Spirit.  Isaiah used the analogy of the eagle. (Isaiah 40:29-31)   The eagle must wait upon the Lord when it goes through a time of renewal.  It loses it’s feathers and must wait on the Lord in the cleft of a rock.  After the renewal, the eagle again can mount up on it’s wings and soar!  God’s people would be able to run again in strength and power as they waited on Him!

Take time today to meditate on the greatness of God as reflected in these chapters of Isaiah.  Let your vision of how big your God is grow and your faith to wait upon Him be enlarged!  He is truly worth waiting for!

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Waiting on the Lord!

Scripture reading for July 29th: Isaiah 40-43

Instead of the warnings of coming judgment, this next section of Isaiah speaks of hope, comfort and encouragement.  The last 27 chapters are like the New Testament’s 27 books of encouragement, history and prophecy.  In Isaiah 40, we get a fresh look at the God of heaven and learn why we can wait for Him to do what He has promised!

Isaiah’s perspective from 700 years before Christ is amazing given what we know today from science and space exploration.  According to Isaiah, God is so big that he measures the waters of the earth in the hollow of His hand.  He marks off the expanse of the universe with a breadth of His hands!  He could pick up all the dust of the earth and put it in a basket and weigh it. (Isaiah 40:12)  To God, all the nations of the earth are but a drop in His bucket and the islands of the sea are just fine dust.  (Isaiah 40:16)  According to Isaiah, God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.  (Isaiah 40: 22)  He makes this statement 2700 years ago when most people thought the earth was flat!

God also has a tender side and is very personal.  He tends His flock of people like a shepherd.  He gathers his little lambs into His arms and carries them close to His heart!  He gently leads those that have young ones.  (Isaiah 40:11)  He calls all the multiple billions of galaxies and their billions of stars each by name.  He places them where He desires and not one is missing! (Isaiah 40:26)  God does all of this effortlessly without getting tired or weary.  His understanding of every detail of every creature is beyond what we can fathom!  (Isaiah 40:27-28)

God cares for the weary and the weak.   As they wait and hope in Him, they are strengthened by His Spirit.  Isaiah, under the anointing of the Spirit of prophecy, used the analogy of the eagle. (Isaiah 40:29-31)   The eagle must wait upon the Lord when it goes through a time of renewal.  It loses it’s feathers and must wait in the cleft of a rock.  After the renewal, the eagle again can mount up on it’s wings and soar!  After a time of renewal, God’s people will be able to run and walk again in strength and power!  Take time today to meditate on God’s greatness and care!  He is worthy!

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Glad Tiding to Jerusalem!

Scripture reading for July 29th: Isaiah 40-43

“Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2)

God’s tender mercies were to flow again for the battered people of Jerusalem.  Isaiah was told to announce that her sin had been paid for and that God would bring restoration in greater portion than their sins!  God Himself was coming  to visit them!   This was a word of comfort to those who would listen.

Isaiah spoke of a voice crying in the desert to prepare a straight way in the wilderness for the Lord.  He was coming and all people would see His glory!  Isaiah was commanded to cry out to the people:  “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.  Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)  These verses indicate that man and creation must humbly remember that they are temporary and exist by the grace of God.  His word is the sure foundation for true comfort!

Isaiah then described how God would come to Judah and in glory!  He would come with power and yet would be gentle as a shepherd tending the lambs.  He could measure the waters of earth in the hollow of His hand and mark off the heavens with its span.  He would pay no attention to nations or earthly power, for He was enthroned above the circle of the earth.   He created the stars and called them by name!  He is the everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the earth!  (Isaiah 40:10-28)

Do you find yourself in need of God’s comfort today?  Humble yourself and think about God and his eternal word.  He is the God of all comfort and hope and encourages us with the hope we find in Jesus Christ, the God whose coming is described by Isaiah!  Those who hope in God will renew their strength and find themselves soaring with wings like eagles!  Good news energizes you at your very core and makes you want to run with it!

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Waiting on the Lord!

Scripture reading for July 29th: Isaiah 40-43

Chapter 40 of Isaiah begins a new theme for the prophet.  Instead of the warnings of coming judgment and retribution on Israel and the nations for their sins, idolatry and waywardness, this next section speaks of hope, comfort and encouragement.  The last 27 chapters are like the New Testament’s 27 books of encouragement, history and prophecy.  As we begin in Isaiah 40, let’s get a fresh look at the God of heaven and learn why we can wait for Him to do what He has promised!

How big is your view of God?  Isaiah’s perspective from 700 years before Christ is amazing given what we know today from science and space exploration.  This God is so big that he measures the waters of the earth in the hollow of His hand.  He marks off the expanse of the universe with a breadth of His hands!  He could pick up all the dust of the earth and put it in a basket and weigh it. (Isaiah 40:12)  To God, all the nations of the earth are but a drop in His bucket and the islands of the sea are just fine dust.  (Isaiah 40:16)  According to Isaiah, God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.  (Isaiah 40: 22)  He makes this statement 2700 years ago when most people thought the earth was flat!  Prophecy is from God’s perspective and He is always right!

God also has a tender side and is very personal.  He tends His flock of people like a shepherd.  He gathers his little lambs into His arms and carries them close to His heart!  He gently leads those that have young ones.  (Isaiah 40:11)  He calls all the multiple billions of galaxies and their billions of stars each by name.  He places them where He desires and not one is missing! (Isaiah 40:26)  God does all of this effortlessly without getting tired or weary.  His power and strength know no bounds.  His understanding of every detail of every creature is beyond what we can fathom!  (Isaiah 40:27-28)

This God cares for the weary and the weak as well as all creation.  His specialty is renewing the weary and the weak.  As they wait and hope in Him, they are strengthened by His Spirit.  Isaiah, under the anointing of the Spirit of prophecy, uses the analogy of the eagle. (Isaiah 40:29-31)   The eagle must wait upon the Lord when it goes through a time of renewal.  It loses it’s feathers and beak and must wait on the Lord in the cleft of a rock.  After the renewal of feathers and beak, the eagle again can mount up on it’s wings and soar!  God’s people will be able to run and walk again in strength and power!  What a promise of comfort and hope after a time of weariness and fainting!

Take time today to meditate on the greatness of God as reflected in these chapters of Isaiah.  Let your vision of how big your God is grow and your faith to wait upon Him be enlarged!  He is truly worth waiting for!

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