Some Little Thoughts

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Soaring on the wings of God's Love

Many know the famous verses of Isaiah 40 - verses 30 and 31.

But if you read the entire chapter, it will give u much insight, and increase the depth of the meaning of the last two verses.

3 A voice of one calling:
"In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD [a] ;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God. [b]

don't these verses sound familiar? These verses were quoted in all four gospels by John the baptist, when telling people about God's purpose for him.

4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

We start to see the power of God in these verses; God has power over his creation and can change the landscape by His power.

6 A voice says, "Cry out."
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever."

Here we continue the see the greatness of God. These verses make the pursuit of success or greatness on this earth seem aimless, as all of us are like grass and flowers. How much do we really stand out? The grass and flowers don't have a very long lifespan, they eventually wither and die and are replaced by new ones.

The reference to men as grass leads us to the image Christ used in his sermon on the mount in Matthew 6:28 - 30: "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Matthew 24:35 is echoed by the second half of verse 8: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

God is our good shepherd, he leads us by quiet waters, comforts us; in Him we shall not want.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has understood the mind [d] of the LORD,
or instructed him as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by him as worthless
and less than nothing.
18 To whom, then, will you compare God?
What image will you compare him to?
19 As for an idol, a craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A man too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot.
He looks for a skilled craftsman
to set up an idol that will not topple.

Indeed God cannot be compared to anything, no image or idol could represent the greatness of God. 1 Cor 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
25 "To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
26 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.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?
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.

This chapter is indeed one of the most powerful chapters of the Bible I've read, and painted on the back of my Bible is an eagle with part of verse 31. I did not always understand the significance of the verse, it was almost quite stereotyped to me because it was quoted so much everywhere. But after I've read through the entire chapter of Isaiah 40, I can now see how great God is, and because of God's greatness the amount of comfort he can provide and the strength he provides is greater than anything the world has to offer.

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