God is our Sustainer- Isaiah- Week 8- Day 5

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Explanation:
“Youths” and “young men” are not known for chronic fainting and falling from a lack of strength, and yet they are not immune from it. Most often those that fall in a way that brings them severe harm are the elderly. Yet Isaiah says here “even the youths…”. The point being made is that even the most physically strong among us are prone to weariness, injury, and the need for more strength. There are none that are immune from physical limitations. Then there is an incredible reality that is proposed. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”. God is the source of strength that every single one of us need. When we go to Him and submit to Him, He will sustain us. He will renew us. What a beautiful description of the renewed person:

“…they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

One commentator put described the truth of this verse by saying:

“Far from being crushed to earth by their own helplessness, those who depend on God can stretch their wings in the effortless way of eagles and sail off on the wind.” 

Waltke

Application:

Those who go to God for strength and depend on God for what they need are going to a source of infinite supply. He is alive, and not dead. He is the Creator and is not created. He is the Sustainer. He does not run out of energy, knowledge or resource. He is completely trustworthy and will do what He has promised to do. We must find our strength in Him. To seek it somewhere else is to go to a finite, undependable source.

Response:
What is something you can do today to depend on God for strength?

Episode #9- Isaiah Study- Prioritizing God

Aaron White and Ben Jennings discuss the difference between our God and idols. What is an idol, and why should we prioritize God?

Session 9- Prioritizing God Isaiah 46:1-13

We should prioritize God over idols because of 3 contrasts made in Isaiah 46.

Contrast #1- Idols are carried by their worshippers. God carries His worshippers. v.1-7.
Contrast #2- Idols cannot work. God is at work. v.7-11
Contrast #3- Idols cannot save. God will save. v. 12-13

Our God is Creator- Isaiah- Week 8- Day 3

That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Isaiah 40:23-26

Explanation:

“That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Princes and Judges are examples of some of the most notable and powerful of the earth have no strength compared to God.

“Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.”

The word “They” here continues to refer to the princes and judges. When it says they “shall not …be planted…be sown…take root in the earth” it is saying that they are not eternally strong or rooted in their going against God.
Notice this picture of God’s action against them. He could “blow upon them…and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble”. A person’s breath is not the strongest thing about them. The breath of God makes the strongest person whither. The whirlwind created by His breath will blow the strongest around like leaves, twigs, and dust.

In verse 25 he poses this question:

“To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

What is the correct answer? No one. He is unequaled in the universe and beyond. He is unequaled in both His strength and in His Holiness.

Isaiah then gives this command.

“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

Isaiah recommends for us not to find our strength in the created thing. Rather, we must look to the God that created everything. His strength and power are unequaled.

Application:
It is not a wise thing to go against the Creator God of the universe. It is in our best interest to submit to Him. The good news is that He loves us. The command given in verse 26 is instructive. We should “lift up” our “eyes on high and behold who hath created these things”. When we look to other things for strength, drive, motivation, or reason for living, we will find ourselves lacking at some point. We will find ourselves going against the Creator God. Our question should be “God, what do you want?”.

Response:
Make a list of the things God has made for which you are most thankful.

Our God is Creator- Isaiah- Week 8- Day 2

Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 40:21-23

Explanation:
In these verses Isaiah contrasts God to the idols that he talked about. The idol is dead and must be set on a pedestal. The idol must be created. In these verses we see God is alive, and His pedestal is the earth itself. “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth”. God is not made of created materials. God is not created. God is the creator! He is the creator of the heavens. He is the founder of the earth, and pre-existed its creation. He is in control of the people in the earth. They are like grasshoppers. Even the most notable people, like princes and judges, are tiny by comparison. Our God should be praised for His creative work:

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

Psalms 33:6-7

Application:

Not only is our God alive, He is the one who started life itself.  By his word the heavens were formed.  He ought to be worshipped for the gift of creation.  We ought not to worship what He has created over and above the Creator Himself.  Consider what Paul said about those who are idolatrous:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  (Romans 1:21, 25)

By our thoughts and actions we must recognize and worship the Creator God over the created thing. 

Response:

  • Name something in your life that is a created thing that is at most risk of getting worship from you that God deserves.  What or who would that be?
  • Is that person or thing more important to you than God?
  • If it is, what should you do about it?