“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
God’s message through Isaiah was to a people who had experienced His judgement. Their whole world had been shattered as they were taken off into exile. However God was not finished with them. He had not abandoned them and He sent them words to comfort and strengthen them.
They were still His people and He had plans to bless them.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1)
They had been forgiven.
“Her sin has been paid for.” (Isaiah 40:2)
God would act to show them their forgiveness and blessing.
“Prepare the way for the Lord …… the glory of the Lord will be revealed.” (Isaiah 40: 3 & 5)
God’s word could be trusted.
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
God reminds them of His glory, majesty and power; that all of creation is His work and depends upon Him, that He is supreme and separate from His creation; that He can raise up and take down peoples and nations at will; and that He is everlasting. And then, when it might seem that He is far too majestic and glorious to take more than a passing interest in such relatively little people, He reminds them that He is the God of the Covenant – the One who cares for each and every one of them.
• “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? (Isaiah 40:27)
• “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29)
Those who hope in the Lord will never hope in vain.
“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)
This chapter points towards the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ – and has reminders within it of the prophetic response of Moses to their salvation from the Egyptian army, in words echoed by David.
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2)
The message is as true today as it ever was – for each one reading it.
God is here – His Spirit is with us.
‘Lord I do believe – help my unbelief!’