Have You Not Heard?
One of my favorite chapters in the Old Testament is Isaiah 40. In fact, in our Sunday evening services, I’ve been preaching through this incredible chapter over the last six weeks, because it so clearly demonstrates the awesomeness of our God. The passage I will be sharing from this Sunday starts in verse 28, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, never faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”, (Isaiah 40:28 – 31 NKJV). In verse 28 we see the omnipotence of our great God. Isaiah appeals to Judah on the basis of what they knew from the past and what they had heard from their elders about their awesome God. This special part of Scripture is an urgent message about how powerful God truly is. In one of the first classes, when I was a student at Philadelphia College of Bible, we had to memorize this particular portion of Scripture. It was very relevant for us as young Bible students to realize the significance and power of the God we were choosing to serve.
The main argument that Isaiah is making to Judah here is to encourage them to put their confidence in God and to believe that He is able and willing to deliver them from their enemies. Chapter 40 marks a significant transition in the book of Isaiah as it begins a section that is primarily about the servant of Jehovah. But first, before Isaiah gets into that topic, He wants us to know how great and mighty our God is. So, Isaiah reminds them in verse 28 that it is their God who has formed and sustained all things, but even in this creative process, God has not exhausted His majesty or His might. God is still able to defend and guard His people. Our destiny is in the hands of God who is in control. God made all things, and He will take care of His own people, He never grows weary and His ways are way beyond our understanding.
God’s counsel is far beyond our comprehension of the way He chooses to govern. When we come to the New Testament we are introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ in John’s Gospel with these words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made,” (John 1:1-3 NKJV). Talk about being beyond our comprehension, how about the reality that God in the person of His Son created and sustains all things through the power of Jesus Christ. In Colossians we read a further embellishment of who Jesus Christ is when we read, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power,” (Col.2:9-10 NKJV). What is your concept of God, especially as He has revealed Himself in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? This is truly the question that will determine where you spend eternity. Have you not heard, have you not seen, what God has done for us through the Lord Jesus Christ? I would love to answer any questions that you may have about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and for those of us who know him as our personal Savior and Lord let us rejoice over the awesome power and majesty of our God who has chosen to make us a part of His family!
All for God’s Glory,
Pastor Rich Sivo