Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 40
By: Nanette Johnson
Isaiah 40 is a passage for those long, hard, weary days. When you’ve had the kind of day that will never end, with one major decision after another, or another heart-breaking challenge comes as a surprise. Those days where your neck muscles are tense, and your leg muscles are weak. It is on these days that Isaiah 40 needs to fall open. This passage reminds us of what God has done, what He can do, and what He will continue to do. It reminds us of who He is and the impact He can have on our lives. His strength never ends.
There are several declarations listed here that relate to the Only True God. Yahweh God forgives our sins. Redeemer God sets people free. Almighty God wins the battle over our enemies and gathers His flock in his arms. Majestic God is the Creator of everything. The Ever-Lasting Father lives forever. As these God-statements are spoken, the answer to the question of “who can compare to God?” becomes obvious. Which leads us to the point – We can never be God. Why do we think we can handle it? The reality is, playing God and believing in our own will and strength, is what makes us so weary and tired. We bring on this exhaustion ourselves! If we will set our will aside, we can step into the confidence of God’s strength and find rest.
The passage ends with a boost of hope for us all. “The Lord is the God who lives forever. He won’t become worn-out or get tired.” Hallelujah! Can you imagine a time or place where we will never grow tired or weary? His strength can become our strength, TODAY, if we only trust in Him.