Reading: Isaiah 40; 42:1-17; 44:1-11
Summary: Remember, the second half of Isaiah (40-66) looks primarily to a future chain of events when after Judah is taken into Babylonian captivity, they return to their homeland. But national faith has taken a blow. What implication does the fact that the nation had been overthrown by a foreign power have on their God? Actually, nothing. That’s not exactly true as those events were not a result of God’s weakness, but rather His sovereignty. He rules even over the Babylonians and used them as an instrument in His hand.
Still, an important message from Isaiah is that Jehovah alone is God.
God is Impressive
Little children are sometimes taught to sing: “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty; there’s nothing my God cannot do.”
No doubt we should be duly impressed with how big and strong God is. No power or force or influence can overcome Him. His presence cannot be contained by space or even time. What would threaten or challenge me fades with a whimper when seen alongside God. How reassuring is God’s greatness.
At times, though, it’s not power and size that I need. As a child, I reveled in my big, strong father, but my mother’s tender arms frequently met my greatest need.
Too, God is mighty to rescue and protect and defend and conquer. Those are most appropriate in their time. But it’s not every time. He is equally capable to caress and to soothe and console and comfort and to cheer. That also is most appropriate in its time.
In Isaiah 40 two statements of God’s might and magnitude serve as bookends to a beautiful depiction of His tender care. “Behold, the Lord God comes with might and his arm rules for him…Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weight the mountains in scales and hills in a balance” (Isa. 40:10, 12). Between them, is this: “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young” (v. 11).
As impressive as His might is His tender care.