“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Notice how the prophet Isaiah repeatedly affirms Who this LORD is … among the many statements in these chapters 40-45 of Isaiah.
Isaiah 40:21 asks “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?”
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Who is this God Isaiah claims to speak for?
Isaiah 40:22-23 tells us “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”
Then he asks the question…
Isaiah 40:25 … “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”
His answer gives us a clue of how to discover Him by examining His works.
Isaiah 40:26: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”
And then another question for us humans who may need improved perception spiritually…
Isaiah 40:28 asks, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”
This is the background framework we’re given to validate the wonderful promise that so many have staked their faith on. …
Isaiah 40:29-31 famously promises,
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Further affirmation of God’s identity and power is Isaiah 42:5-7.
“Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”
And don’t miss verse 8.
”I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
Strengthening the message even more, God speaks to us through His prophet further in Isaiah 43:10-11.
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”
Isaiah 44:24 tells us plainly, “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself…”
And further in the prophecy foretelling Cyrus to rebuild God’s city of peace, Jerusalem, in Isaiah 45:18, he says: “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else… and going on in verse 21… “there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
Because of Who God is, His followers are in a Warfare
I’m reminded why Paul exhorts Christ’s reborn sons and daughters to engage in “our warfare” and “cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God… bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Co. 10:4-5).
Yet, hardly a day passes without hearing a barrage of ‘vain speculations’ from idolatrous pagans who deify nature and defy true science. That’s why we are repeatedly warned to “Beware” of the traps set by the enemy to deceive God’s people (Co. 2:8). “Do not be deceived.” Isn’t it amazing how easily God’s own people – all of us – can so easily be drawn into the same temptation as Eve? “Hath God really said?”
Naturalism is inevitable for those who Reject the knowledge of God
You’ve heard the reports… new so-called ‘discoveries’ point to naturalism – to evolutionary processes – to explain that the Creator wasn’t necessary. Maybe because water molecules are detected on Mars, life could have evolved there. Science has only demonstrated that life can’t evolve here on earth. What makes anyone think that it could evolve out in space? Answer: “vain imaginations” (Ro. 1:21) by those who refuse to “retain God in their knowledge” (Ro. 1:28). Reading Romans chapter one helps us understand the harsh warning of Hosea 4:6.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7)… and it continues… “but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Did you know Charles Darwin pronounced a challenge for modern science to prove him wrong?
“if it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
In other words, if you can find just one example of a complex creature or organ or system in nature that could not have evolved by natural processes, then the entire evolutionary ‘house of cards’ collapses… the make-believe billions of years vanishes as a masquerade. All the bogus explanations of nature-worshipping textbooks that have to be grossly revised every few years because of new discoveries… eradicated… gone. All because they refuse to listen to God.
Think of just one example… the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Which was created first the butterfly or the caterpillar? If we’re honest in responding to Job’s invitation to inquire of the creatures of the earth (Job 12:8) we can’t avoid concluding, “who doesn’t know that the hand of the Lord has done this?”
The female butterfly lays her egg in just the right place where the tiny new-hatched caterpillar begins immediately feasting on the special leaves that provide just the right nutrition for a few days as it grows and grows. Then it stops eating and growing to make a thread to hang itself from a branch as it transforms into a chrysalis, a virtual straight-jacket tomb, where it proceeds to dissolve into a formless soup. In just a few more days the soup constructs itself into a marvelous flying creature with totally new systems of life. Emerging in only a few minutes when the process is complete, it inflates its spectacular wings with the bio-chemistry to serve new muscles, joints and support structures and flies away to continue the cycle to the next generation.
Contrary to what die-hard naturalistic evolutionists insist their students accept by blind faith, there have never been any fossils showing the evolution of this remarkable system. They find fossils of butterflies but they are all as perfectly complete as the ones flying the skies today.
If a young person asks you for an explanation of why you think evolution can’t be true, just ask him, “have you thought about your eyes lately?” The Bible says (in Prov. 20:12), “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”
Eyes are wondrous organs. Fossils of various creatures drowned and buried in the Deluge show completely modern and complex eyes. There is no evolutionary process that has ever been suggested to form the eye in step by step fashion. Evolutionists claim we evolved from fish. Fish living in water don’t need tears. If a fish came out of the water it would quickly become blind for lack of tears. We depend on eyelids to help clean and protect our eyes. Fish don’t have those either. Our tears contain specific antimicrobial chemical compounds that are needed to neutralize microscopic pathogens. Our healthy eyes wouldn’t last a day without these well-designed specifications. How could tear ducts suddenly appear and evolve with all the capabilities of producing these chemicals?