Daily Devotional for 4 May 2020 – Isaiah 40v27-28

Isaiah 40:27-28

Have you ever felt that God has forgotten you? If you have, you are not alone. The people of Israel in Isaiah’s time thought that God had abandoned them and forgotten them.

The Lord has spent the whole of chapter 40 revealing to them who He is and now He challenges them: “Why do you say…?”

They had not just been thinking that God had forgotten them, they had also been saying it to each other. They were saying two things:

1) “My way is hidden from the Lord.” God doesn’t see. He is not powerful enough to look after me. He doesn’t see my trouble.

2) “My right (or cause/judgement) is disregarded by my God.” God is not coming to help me, even though I have asked Him to do something.

In other words – they are worried that either God is not powerful enough, and/or that He doesn’t care.

In verse 28, He answers both.

1) “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” He is powerful enough. He is the creator of the universe. He is all the things that He has already said in Isaiah 40 – and He knows your name (v26). More than that, “He does not faint or grow weary.” He doesn’t run out of power like a battery or strength like a person. He doesn’t get tired of caring for us or providing for us. He doesn’t get annoyed with us coming to Him again and again.

2) “His understanding is unsearchable.” It is not that He doesn’t care, but that He is so wise, we don’t always understand what He is doing. He doesn’t give us trouble because He has turned away from us, but because He has a perfect plan and He will work in our lives through the trouble. It is not that He has forgotten us, but that He is so wise that He is waiting for the perfect time to answer our prayers.

Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

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