Behold, the Lord God comes (Isaiah 40)

Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him. Isaiah 40:10

Oh, my friend, the words of Isaiah in this chapter are right on time for my life and more importantly, for the world.  As I write I know that poverty still plaques our world. Many of my brothers and sisters are starving around the world.  As I write I know that perversion still has its grip on people’s hearts.  As I write I know it is the pride in men’s hearts that keeps them from crying out for help from the only place where help comes.

The words of Isaiah both challenge and encourage us in this world.  Isaiah’s day was much the same as ours.  The nation between Isaiah 39 and Isaiah 40 have gone into captivity at the hands of Babylon because of her own sin.  Israel was to blame for her own sin (Vs: 2).

But in the greatest demonstration of grace, Isaiah calls out to the people to take heart because there was coming a deliverer whose name is Jesus, (Vs:3-5).   Isaiah also looks ahead to the Second-Coming of our Lord, (Vs: 9-11).

Brothers and sisters, who is this God?  It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, (Vs: 22).  Nothing can stop this God.  Brothers and sisters, behold our God!!!

Isaiah closes the chapter by asking and answering two questions.  Here are the two questions:

  1. Do you know this God?
  2. Have you heard about this God?

To those who answer yes to both questions there are three truths given:

  1. You can trust this God, Vs: 28b-31a

The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

2. You will triumph over your enemies by the power of this God, Vs: 31.

3. You will testify of who He is, Vs: 31

they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.

Brothers and sisters, we serve a God who teaches us to share our resources with those who are hurting, to do battle with the forces of hell, and to give testimony to all in this world.
This task becomes your passion when you behold God!!!  I pray this week will be filled with days and nights of beholding God.

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