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

   

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