Here is your God Isaiah 40 The God who must not be underestimated
Behold your God The impossible situation The invitation to see The incomparable Saviour The inexhaustible supply
Background God’s people need to told and re-told about who their God really is. On the whole we don’t believe it ! What is needed is a fresh vision of God. The Israelites are in captivity and it seems have no future. Isaiah is instructed to comfort God’s people. Lift up, Look up and never give up! Danger They did not destroy the peoples, Concerning whom the LORD had commanded them, But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works. They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. Ps 106:34-35 The impossible situation
V10-11 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm,
The incomparable Saviour To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him? v18 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 5:20 This is what happens when God no longer impresses us!
Q: Who is this God who can rescue his people? Q1 Who can measure what God has created? v12 Q2 Who is God’s boss? v13 Q3 Who is God’s surveyor, architect or builder? Q4 Who is God’s advisor or consultant? V14,17 Q5 Who in all the earth is like God? v18, 25 Is God more like a tree, silver or Gold? V19-20
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. v26 3,000 in a clear night sky 100,000 with a telescope 100 billion in our galaxy 10 billion trillion stars!
The inexhaustible supply O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O 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 weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. v27-28 He is not powerless – He gives power! He is not tired – like the youth of today!
Q: Who would like to share in the limitless, incomparable greatness of God’s strength? He gives power to the weak 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 run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Psalm 105:4
I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God until He has mercy on us Psalm 123