Monday Reflection – January 06, 2020
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Isaiah 40:27
The first section of Isaiah deals primarily with preparing the people of Judah for their captivity in Babylon. In chapter 39 verse 6, the prophet said to King Hezekiah: “Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord.” Under the impact of this crushing prophecy of doom, those Jews who were still trying to serve the Lord needed encouragement, comfort and assurance. The faithful remnant needed hope and consolation to endure the calamities of the exile. Thus, the second part of Isaiah begins here in chapter 40, and it was intended to give assurance to the faithful who would face seventy years of captivity in Babylon.
The text offers three truths about God:
1. God is Aware – To a people tempted to be impatient, forgetful and of little faith, Isaiah says in today’s Watchword, Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Why do you think that way? Why make such a reckless charge? Then he goes on to say, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? 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” (vs. 28). God is aware! He is aware of that affects us from day to day. We may be surrounded by all manner of hostility, and we may find ourselves tempted to fret and begin to think that God has forgotten us. Whatever our inadequate emotions and reactions may tell us, GOD IS THERE, AND AWARE.
2. God is Able – One sign of our frailty is the futile practice of thinking that God is like us. We get tired and want to quit, so we figure God gets tired and wants to quit. Well, God neither faints nor is weary! There is a vastness about the reach and depth of his power that is overwhelming. Not only does God not lack strength! He supplies it! “He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted” (vs. 29-30)
3. God is Available – He is available to renew the strength of those who wait on him. When we trust in God, we will would mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary; walk, and not faint (vs. 31). Life is a sojourn of trials and testings; temptations, successes, failures; dark and wearisome days. Yet, for those who wait on God, he is available to renew our strength. This is a sincere and steady dependence on God, with an obedient trust.
I leave you with my usual New Year thought that I have found ever renewing at the start of each New Year:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light so that I may walk safely into the unknown.” He replied, “Go your way and place your hand into the hand of God. That will be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
Let’s march forward resolutely knowing that God is aware! God is able! God is available!