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Waiting on the Lord

Isaiah 40:12-31, Andrew Love, April 29, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Opening Remarks
  • Concentrating on v27-31
    • Re-reading of these verses
    • Israel felt God had over looked them - v27, do we feel like this at times?
    • God's response - v28-30
    • God's promise - v31
  • v31 - some of the most precious words in the Bible
  • Context:
    • He is foreseeing the children of God taken into exile in Babylon, 200 years in the future
      • 39:6-7
      • Daniel and his three friends were taken into the palace
    • The children of God had so turned their backs on God that He was going to punish them, but God was going to bring them back
  • How do you view the Church today?
    • The Church has declined since the previous revival
    • Some perhaps view it as a type of 'exile'
    • People cry out to the Lord for revival
  • How do you feel today?
    • Examples - do you feel exiled from God
    • If you trust in God and come back to Him, He will receive you
  • These verses are for all Christians
    • Frail physically, mentally, emotionally
    • We can be spiritually weak
    • In all of the weaknesses God can strengthen us
  • Overview:
    • Remember your God (v12)
    • God's Promises (v29-31)

Remember your God (v12)

  • v12
    • There is no-one like God
    • Help is available through people but His means is far greater
  • Remember His Power (v12)
    • The hollow of His hand
    • The span of His hand
      • cf v26
    • The dust in God's scales
    • The mountains in God's scales
  • Remember His Wisdom (v13-14)
    • Examples of human wisdom
    • Consider the mind of God
    • Consider the counsel of God's word
    • No-one has taught God
  • Remember His Dignity (v18, v25)
    • Will we dare to liken God to anything else?
    • Will we dare to create an idol?
    • He alone dwells in glorious Holiness
  • Remember He is able to rescue you (v15-17)
    • God is greater than the nations
    • God is greater that the philosophies of men
    • God is greater than extremism
    • God is greater than militant secularism
  • Isaiah is challenging people with questions
    • Perhaps we should challenge others with questions
  • Remember His Sovereignty (v23)
    • Examples of those put down by God

God's Promises (v29-31)

  • God gives power to the weak
    • Examples of weakness
    • It is not wrong to be weak
  • In your weakness God can give you might and strength as you trust upon Him
    • Example of Elijah, Moses, Simon Peter
    • We must trust God
    • There are unspeakable riches in Christ
      • Paul's Prayer
  • At the end of yourself - God will raise you up

Closing Remarks & Challenge


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 40:12-31

12Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counseller hath taught him? 14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? 19The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 20He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. 21Have 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? 22It 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: 23That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. 25To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26Lift 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. 27Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 28Hast 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. 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31But 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. (KJV)


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