The
Bible presents God to us. It clearly,
poetically
, and powerfully describes
for us the authority, power, and compassion of God to work His purpose
and save His people. In the middle of some very trying and unsettling times,
the LORD sends the prophet Isaiah to cry out to His people, about their God,
the true God. God reminds His people their salvation
and His purpose is wrought in God’s own nature, and He has
no equal!

6     A voice says, “Cry out.”

And I said, “What shall
I cry?”

“All men are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.

7     The grass withers
and the flowers fall,

because the breath of the Lord
blows on them.

Surely the people are grass.

8     The grass withers
and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God stands forever.”

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.

12    Who has measured
the waters in the hollow of his hand,

or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

or weighed the mountains on the scales

and the hills in a balance?

13    Who has understood
the mind of the Lord,

or instructed him as his counselor?

14    Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,

and who taught him the right way?

Who was it that taught him knowledge

or showed him the path of understanding? . . .

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,
. . .

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.

27    Why do you say, O
Jacob,

and complain, O 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 (Isa 40).    

            As God’s people, today, we can find
encouragement in these same words. God’s salvation is now fully revealed in
Christ Jesus and what a blessing that is for us! However, God, Himself, has not
changed one bit. He is and always will be the Awesome God who has no equal!

Peace,

Jay Don