Hope in His Power: Peaceful Promises
Isaiah 40:1-2 (NKJV)…Comfort
yes, comfort My people! “Says your God.
2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”
Isaiah 40:3-5 (NKJV)…John the Baptist preparing the way
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert [fn]A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 40:6-8…We come and go, His Word stands forever
6 The voice said, “Cry out!” And he [fn] said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:9-10…His second coming
9 O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.
Isaiah 40:11 (NKJV)…His power for all
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.
Isaiah 40:12-14 (NKJV)…God’s immeasurable power
12 Who has measured the waters [fn] in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding?
Isaiah 40:15-17…God is worthy of more than we can offer
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.
Isaiah 40:18-20 (NKJV)…Nothing compares to God
18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
19 The workman molds an image, The goldsmith overspreads it with gold, And the silversmith casts silver chains.
20 Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution Chooses a tree that will not rot; He seeks for himself a skillful workman To prepare a carved image that will not totter.
Isaiah 40:21-24…Worship the Creator not the creation
21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless.
24 Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.
Isaiah 40:25-27 (NKJV)…None like Him
25 “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
Isaiah 40:28 (NKJV)…He has no weaknesses
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NKJV)…His power gives us strength
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
God’s love as we see in Isaiah 40 shows us, we are to worship the One True Living God. He made all, knows all and loves all. There is no other God. Too many times we hear of others who worship other gods, people, or their stuff. We are to put nothing before God. His promises and His love are all we need. He wants us to receive His love and share His love.
I love how His Scriptures stand forever. How many times have you been tempted, and a Scripture reminds you of His love? Maybe you have been down, and a Scripture comes to mind of all that He has done for you. His Scriptures are there for us to read, memorize, trust, share, and show us His love. As we read, we come to know His love more and more and we in turn grow in His love.
So, spend time in His Scriptures and in prayer and let Him reveal His loving journey for you one step at a time and you will see the promises of His love for you.
Father: Thank You for Your love. I know I can trust Your Scriptures and they show me how much You love me. Thank You for all that You show me.
In Jesus Holy Name I pray. Amen.