The Lord has questioned the people in Isaiah 40:12-26. The Lord tells them they have been told
the answer from the beginning (Isaiah 40:25-26). He has declared his power and demonstrated
his control of history. Their problem is they are full of false philosophies and can only understand
the Lord through the eyes of idol worshippers.
In Isaiah 40:27 he challenges them by questioning their understanding of himself and his ways:
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my cause is disregarded by my God”? – Isaiah 40:27
The people of Judah have a very low view of God. They think their way is hidden from him and the Lord has no interest in them. Beginning in Isaiah 40:28 the Lord prompts the people to answer some questions and think about their poor logic.
Maybe they think God grew tired or weary or does not understand their problem?
Why doesn’t God move now!
Isaiah says, “Do you not know? Or heard?”
- God is everlasting. . . . he is not on our time table
- Creator of the ends of the earth . . . . . he has plans from the beginning for everything created including the final moments of time.
- God is not tired or weary. . . . he has not given up
- His understanding. . . . . . . .We cannot understand his plan, but only trust him
It is not God that is tired and God has not lost focus.
No, it is not God that has failed! Instead, it is men who grow tired and weary and do not understand.
So, God gives:
- Strength to the weary
- Power to the weak
- An understanding to hope in him
When we hope in him and look away from ourselves we gain an understanding of his glory.
This causes hope to rise up in us and we find strength and power.
When we look to ourselves we become weary and confused.
Those who trust in themselves and reject hope in God.
- They grow tired
- They grow weary
- They stumble and fall
Those who trust in God will renew their strength. They will not grow weary. They will not faint like mere men!
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. - Isaiah 40:31