12.7.09, Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Strong For The Weak

As stated in the previous devotional, chapter 40 and following are the comfort chapters, where Isaiah provides encouragement for Israel.  But strangely, a good deal of this chapter seems to focus on the power and grandeur of the Lord, how nothing can be compared to him, that even the waters in the hollow of his hands cannot be measured – a wonderful image!  But how exactly is this supposed to be encouraging for us?

It is comforting because this power and might and wisdom is not just arbitrary and random, like an exceedingly rich person who doesn’t know how to spend his money fast enough.  Instead, it has a direction and bent, that God is powerful for the weak.  He is mighty for the weary.  In this, we realize that God is not just powerful, but that he is a Powerful Intercessor.  And that is a huge source of encouragement for us, to know that this enormous wisdom and power does not just exist, but actually works for us in our times of weakness and weariness.

And additionally, we again remember our calling from Ephesians as imitators of God.  We too have power and resources and wisdom – nothing in comparison to God, and overflowing from Him, but it’s there nonetheless.  This power and resource should not be random and ill-used, but like the power of God, should have direction and purpose.  We too are called to be strong for the weak!

Questions

1. When have you felt weak or weary in recent days?

2. What would it look like to “hope in the Lord” during those moments in time?

3. Do you know of anyone who is weak and weary around you?  What would it mean to be strong for them and their sake?

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12.7.09, Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Strong For The Weak

As stated in the previous devotional, chapter 40 and following are the comfort chapters, where Isaiah provides encouragement for Israel.  But strangely, a good deal of this chapter seems to focus on the power and grandeur of the Lord, how nothing can be compared to him, that even the waters in the hollow of his hands cannot be measured – a wonderful image!  But how exactly is this supposed to be encouraging for us?

It is comforting because this power and might and wisdom is not just arbitrary and random, like an exceedingly rich person who doesn’t know how to spend his money fast enough.  Instead, it has a direction and bent, that God is powerful for the weak.  He is mighty for the weary.  In this, we realize that God is not just powerful, but that he is a Powerful Intercessor.  And that is a huge source of encouragement for us, to know that this enormous wisdom and power does not just exist, but actually works for us in our times of weakness and weariness.

And additionally, we again remember our calling from Ephesians as imitators of God.  We too have power and resources and wisdom – nothing in comparison to God, and overflowing from Him, but it’s there nonetheless.  This power and resource should not be random and ill-used, but like the power of God, should have direction and purpose.  We too are called to be strong for the weak!

Questions

1. When have you felt weak or weary in recent days?

2. What would it look like to “hope in the Lord” during those moments in time?

3. Do you know of anyone who is weak and weary around you?  What would it mean to be strong for them and their sake?