Day 3. Save us from Our Fears

 Scripture: Isaiah 40:28-31 “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. (v.29) He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (v.30) Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; (v.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.

Chapter forty of Isaiah begins a section that could easily be entitled, “Hope in Times of Trouble.” In chapters 41-48 Isaiah contrasts the LORD GOD against the Idols they have been worshiping. Under Isaiah’s powerful preaching and unwavering faith in Yahweh, Judah had weathered the difficult storm of the Assyrian invasion. But the time came when the nation was carried away into Babylonian captivity. This prophecy had been given to king Hezekiah, The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD,” (39:6). Truly this was a trying time for GOD’s people even though it was their sin and disobedience that put them in this predicament. They had continued trying the patience of GOD and finally GOD was left with no other alternative except captivity. As the apostle Paul would later write, “Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that GOD’s kindness leads you toward repentance,” (Romans 2:4).

What did GOD’s people need more than anything else during their time in a foreign land? They needed a message of hope, a promise to be rescued by none other than GOD himself. Isaiah delivers that message. “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing,” (40:26). There are times in our lives when we need to lift our eyes towards the heavens and see the One who is behind the stars, the Creator himself. Lauren Daigle sings a song, ‘Look Up Child.’ Isaiah reminds us night after night every star is brought out by its Creator and not one is overlooked. The point: If GOD looks after each inanimate heavenly star, then how much more, as a devoted Father, will He look after and care for His sons and daughters. Jesus reasoned the same way in Matthew 6. If GOD clothes the grassy fields with lilies, if he feeds the birds of the air who do not sow or reap, will He not care for us? O you of little faith. In other words, are we not more valuable than the grass and birds to GOD, our Father? (Matthew 6:27-32).

Isaiah reminds the people, “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,” (40:28). Because we grow tired and weary, we often ascribe those same weak characteristics to GOD. But GOD is not weak! He does not have the same frailties that we do as humans. Take heart! Be filled with faith in GOD and trust in His promises.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, the one who is Creator of all things, we are humbled by your omnipotence and we confess you are all powerful. Though we have “subdued” and expressed some “dominion” over the earth, your creation is still beyond our full understanding. You have the power to create at your command. Sickness and disease are not a challenge for your infinite power. Today I pray that you will create in me a renewed hope. I confess I easily get discouraged in life when we are faced with a pandemic virus. I commit the sin of worry when I see the stock market fall. I feel weak and helpless at times and forget my hope is in you. Forgive me for my diminished faith. Father in Heaven, renew my faith, refresh my spirit in such a way that I may put all my hope and trust in you. Strengthen me today with your Word of Truth. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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