If you’re not familiar with the book of Isaiah, it’s written by the prophet Isaiah who receives messages from God to deliver to the people of the nation of Israel. The interesting thing about this book is that its structure models the structure of the entire Bible. For example, there are 66 chapters in this book, and there are 66 chapters in the Bible.
The first 39 books deal with judgement, but the next 27 books deal with the hope of the coming Messiah. In similar form, the Old Testament of the Bible contains 39 books and the New Testament contains 27 books – and talks about the Messiah.
Having said that, I notice a change in the tone of the writing. I found bigtime encouragement from today’s reading.
There’s a familiar passage in today’s chapter (Isaiah 40) that we’ve all heard…or at least parts of it. If you ask anyone if they’ve heard that verse about mounting on Eagle’s wings, they’d say they’ve heard it. But, have you ever looked at the few verses before it?
27 O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? 28 Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. 31 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
God is a big God and He loves those who follow Him. I’m so encouraged today from reading this passage. I often grow tired and weak, but I’m reminded that that’s when God takes over. I get my strength from Him. I am nothing without Him. When I find that He’s all I have, I find that He’s all I need.
Thank You, God, for Your strength and Your Word.