Today in BSF we continued in Isaiah 40, looking at:
Who God is
What God can do, and
How much He cares for His people.
(here are my notes…)
God is incomparable, He wants to give His people unfailing strength.
Our passage today opened with Isaiah 40:12 where Isaiah begins to ask a host of questions in an attempt to paint a picture of God as He really is, not as we make Him to be.
God says, “Trust Me!” If He is wiser than we are, why do we doubt His actions?
Powerful nations as like a drop of water .. like dust. (v.15)
PRINCIPLE #1: God is incomprehensible and unequaled in power, wisdom and knowledge.
Rather than see God for who He really is, we compare him to earthly things .. Isaiah uses the example of wooden idols, created by a craftsman.
But God says, (v.25) To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?
PRINCIPLE #2: Nothing man creates, thinks about, worships or feels compares to God.
-all these other things are IDOLS
-an IDOL is any heart-level substitute for God. Anything we exalt in our hearts in order to get contentment, to feel better or to console us in an idol.
-our introspection and self-focus can be idolatry. (ouch!)
-even our prayers . . . do we go over and over our losses, our needs, our desires and neglect worship of God?
-our ‘hard place’ that we find ourself in can be an idol.
GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD .. He wants our thoughts and affections!
Every human being worships something: ourselves, our feelings, our thoughts …
Where is God asking you to return to Him, to focus on Him to worship Him?
Where are you looking instead of Him? relationships? the strength of your own will?
What idol do you trust in more than the God of the universe?
He is the everlasting God
His understanding no one can fathom
He alone is in control
He will not forget His people
His care for His people in comparable
When we complain about our circumstances, we diminish God .. this is wrong thinking.
God gives strength to the weary and power to the weak.
WE suffer set-backs .. God does not!
We can receive these promises when we have setbacks.
Those who expect God to act will be renewed.
PRINCIPLE #3: Only GOD can give strength that does not fail.
Do we believe God or is there unbelief?
When we diminish God we are paralyzed by our unbelief.
Only God can help our unbelief.
Our world treats God as weightless .. Isaiah says, “Look at God through God’s eyes .. God is telling us who He is!”
We can nourish unbelief through our introspection, our neglect of prayer and God’s word.
or, as we come into the Light, we depend on God.
-we feed on God’s word of promise
-we see who He is in His word and we ask Him to help us believe it.
God knows what we need, He wants to give it to us.
Isaiah is saying, “This God is all-powerful! Man does not evaluate God .. man did not make God, God made man!”
I believe, help my unbelief!
and a bit on Isaiah 41
God’s sovereign will vs man’s idolatrous hopes
v. 4 God controls the past, present and future.
What assurance do you have in God’s word? Is it comfort to you in uncertain times?
v. 10 fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
v. 13 for I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
God says, do not fear.
God wants us to see that He alone can provide for His children.
PRINCIPLE: God strengthens his children in fearful, exhausting and overwhelming situations.
Do you take God at His word?
His word never fails.
Where are you putting your trust?
Idols .. are substitutes for God. Examine your idols – compared to God, all else is worthless to help us.
We must put our trust in the incomparable God.