Sermon Reflections from Unmatched Strength | Alex Hardt | March 12, 2023
Pastor Alex used one of my favorite scriptures as the text of his sermon this Sunday. Isaiah 40: 27-31 are beloved verses as they give hope in the midst of our troubled, stress-filled lives. It gives us perspective on the world and our troubles and leads us towards and attitude of HOPE!
I like to start with verses 25-26 “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.”
We are to be reminded that no one or nothing is greater than God. Who could even be compared to Him? He is the Holy One and Creator of all the heavens and the earth. All that is was made is by His hands and at His Word.
Isaiah 40:27 follows with another question. Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do we adopt this same attitude when we approach God? Do we try to chastise God because He has not revealed everything to us? Do we often cry, Why, Lord? Isaiah answers these questions with God’s character in verse 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.”
Isaiah says, haven’t you heard that God is the Creator and source of all strength? You want strength- Look to the Lord. Don’t spend your time questioning God? He is God and He will let us know what we need to know. We need to have some perspective and realize the truth of
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God is infinite and his ways are perfect. He will do as He pleases, but God is and can be the source of our strength. When we turn to Him, He will give us strength. Worshipping God lead us to the source of all strength.
Isaiah continues in verse 29-30.
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;
Have you ever prayed and asked God for strength? I’m sure you have as I know I have on multiple occasions. Why is that? When we realize that our present circumstances are beyond our physical or emotional strength, we know we can turn to God for help.
Claim Hebrew 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” and Hebrews 13:6 “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Our response to weariness is answered when we stretch out to God and seek His strength.
Lastly, we come to verse 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.
This is a verse with a promise! If we will put our hope, faith, trust in the Lord He promises to renew us and cause us to soar! He is the one with everlasting strength, the eternal one upon whom we can rely. Does our hope in the Lord cause us to wait upon Him? Yes, it does, but waiting will lead to greater faith and renewed strength.
I love David’s resolve in Psalm 27:13-14 “I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord”.
May this be our resolve as well that we will wait with confident Hope in the Lord. His ways are perfect and His timing never ceases to amaze me! Wait in hope as God is faithful. Lamentations 3:21-23 “But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
Our hope is found in God’s faithfulness, so wait for Him.
ISAIAH: A VISION FOR THE FUTURE | Unmatched Strength
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