Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Grasshoppers and Eagles

I have been reading through the book of Isaiah (again) and came to this passage on the airplane on Thursday, just after I had explained to my oldest grandson, Justin who is 4 1/2, that the cars and people and trees will look like 'bugs' from way up in the sky. As I read verse 22, a smile came over my face. God gives us a glimpse of His view from heaven and we look like "grasshoppers" to Him. Yet - in the end - the often quoted verse comes through giving us His confidence, His power, and His strength. God is faithful!

Isaiah 40
Comfort for God's People

1 Comfort, comfort My people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD's Hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice of one calling:

"In the desert prepare
the way for the LORD ;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,

every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
9 You who bring good tidings to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up Your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
"Here is your God!"
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,

and His arm rules for him.
See, His reward is with him,
and His recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends His flock like a shepherd:

He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young.

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,

and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

25 "To whom will you compare Me?
Or who is My equal?" says the Holy One.
26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

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. [all emphasis mine]

Choosing JOY,

[Led by the Shepherd]

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