Isaiah 40:27 – 31 (New Living Translation)
“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? Oh Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth. He never grows week or weary. No one can measure the depth of his understanding. He gives power to the week, and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion, but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will walk and not faint.
What a beautiful word picture!!! This amazing ability to soar up, lifted by the wind, higher and higher —yet like Pilgrim, from the classic “The Pilgrims Progress” by John Bunyan, I’ve found myself in all kinds of situations along the lower path, known to us as the valley.
The valleys, Ugh!
Those difficult times of questioning… “When God, when are you going to come rescue me?” The feelings and emotions wrestled with there — the choking, suffocating, fear infused, self doubting moments— deep periods of unbelief. We’ve all been there… and they’re hard to maneuver sometimes. But it’s here in these darkest places where we learn to TRUST. Learning to lean in, and rely on, the Character of God, this is what it all boils down to!
He is FAITHFUL and TRUE. This is His character. In chapter 40 in the book of Isaiah, we see the Prophet, moved by the Holy Spirit speaking of the vastness and supremacy of God. Yet this great and powerful being, Who holds the heaven and earth together, is Israel’s Faithful Helper. This word picture, when planted in our mind, helps us to see God’s will for restoration. Why is this important? because without understanding, we stumble around in the dark. When we are stumbling around in the dark, we miss all kinds of things. Another thought to consider is — How can we trust a God who says one thing, yet does another? Does He express both good and evil towards us? Or, are there distinct characteristics between darkness and light? These are questions that need answers.
Speaking of darkness, It is the complete opposite of light. Jesus is the Light and Life of Men. We get off track by not staying focused on Him. He is the complete expressed image of God. Everything must process through the redemptive work of Christ. If it doesn’t line up with redemption, we need to reconsider it. The church today needs to remember Christ’s anger was aimed at the religious, hard-hearted, pharisee. With all of their “cult of religion,” they were no closer to God than those they judged. God is Love. Let’s try to remember this in all that we do and say…
God is a patient and kind Father. He is committed to keeping us on the right path. Never far away at all. To our natural eyes and senses, it’s hard at times to perceive Him. Faith and patience the two power twins come along side and lift us up. They are the unseen forces, like the wind. These two super powers when joined together blow a powerful gust of the Spirit’s anointing which will carry us up. The illustrated example is beautifully spoken by Isaiah, just when Israel was in need of major encouragement.
Isaiah 40:1 starts off with “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. How beautiful! God said, “Be comforted my people, I love you, I am here for you!”
If you are in need of help, strength or encouragement today, let this insightful picture of the eagle, as he glides on the wings of the wind, go deep in your heart and mind. Reach out with TRUST, believe that God wants to rescue you. Your life is important to Him, as Jesus shared, “Consider the Lily’s of the field, how much more your Father in Heaven cares for you…” (Matt. 7:28-30). And then Jesus asks the crowd, “Why do you have so little faith?”
Friends, resist the urge to believe God is bearing down on you with oppression to teach you something, no, that’s the work of darkness. He is in the valley with you, leading you out. Look up to heaven, where your help comes from, because your help does come from the Lord!
Isaiah spoke encouragement to God’s people then, let these words speak the same encouragement to us today! THOSE WHO WAIT (trust in, believe on) THE LORD, will have wings like the eagle and… THEY WILL SOAR WITH RENEWED STRENGTH. GOD WILL RESCUE THEM.
Seeing through the eye of FAITH changes everything!