Isaiah 40:25 – “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, 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. (NIV)
I have a friend who likes to say, especially when life presents him with difficulties, “God is still on the throne.” It’s good to remind ourselves of this awesome truth! In today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah, God is reminding the people that God is still God, and that God is still in control.
In this passage, God asks the people, “To whom will you compare me?” We would do well to reflect upon this often. God has ordered the universe, created life, and given us every good gift that we need. The ancient people to whom God spoke these words were facing difficulties, and at times we do, as well. Sometimes we wonder about God. We wonder if God cares, or if God is aware of our plight. For God, who has created all things, our problems are certainly not insurmountable!
God asks the people why they are complaining (verse 27). Then we have a popular litany beginning in verse twenty-eight in which God asserts God’s power and authority. You, or someone you know, may be going through some difficulties in life. If so, it is good for us to reflect upon, or share, these powerful truths: God is the everlasting creator; God never grows weary; God desires to give each of us strength for our days. Most importantly for those who are facing difficulties in life, God tells us that those who keep their hope in God will find their strength renewed. Indeed, they will become stronger than before!
This is Good News for each of us, and great news to share with others. Let’s share this good news today!
Posted by Ramón Torres