How can you say that? - Thoughts from Isaiah 40:12-31
April 18, 2020, 11:00 AM

How can you say that?

Thoughts from Isaiah 40:12-31

Whether it is living in exile, being quarantined, struggling with health, or facing financial strain ... when our situation looks bleak, our minds can go down foolish paths. 

Even those who know better can allow themselves to believe lies.  During trying times, we need to pay close attention to the truth.

Isaiah 40:27 (NLT)  O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles?  O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

God's people are asked, "...how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles ... how can you say God ignores your rights?"

This question was asked in the context of suffering, not in the context of prosperity.  When we are healthy, financially secure, and have freedom of movement, we do not wonder as much about whether or not God is paying attention. 

That is why hard times are so rich.  They are vitally important.

Hard times are temporary, so let's make the most of them.

When the pressure is on, allow God to show you who he really is.

Does the Lord need our advice?  Maybe just a little instruction about how to manage a Corona Crisis?  No.

Isaiah 40:13–14 (NLT)  Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?  Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice?  Does he need instruction about what is good?  Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?

Is the God of all creation waiting with bated breath, hoping to get the needed gift or service from us before he acts?  No

Isaiah 40:16 (NLT)  All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.

Maybe our God is like "the old man upstairs" who is a bit worn out by a global pandemic.  Give me a break!

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT)   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.

Maybe God is all powerful, but is so distant and removed that he doesn't care about humanity.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT)  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. 

Not on our timetable.

Not with our methods.

Not in line with our plans.

But those who put their confidence in the right place will overcome.