Power to the Faint – Isa 40

What a blessing this prophecy must have been to a people who had suffered so much. It begins by repeating the word ‘comfort’ several times. They comfort by promising that…

  • War will cease (v.2).
  • Sin will be pardoned (v.2).
  • The Lord is coming and bringing great changes to the earth (v.3-4).
  • All people will see the glory of the Lord (v.5).
  • All people will fade, but God’s word will stand for ever (v.6-8).
  • God will come to take away their fear and to care for them like a shepherd (v.9-11).
  • God is over all the nations, and the nations are less than nothing to Him (v.12-17).
  • God is unique and incomparable (v.18-24).

As a result, we should:

  • Worship the One and only true and holy God (v.25).
  • Be awed by God’s knowledge and power (v.26).
  • Look to God for strength because He never faints or grows weary (v.28).
  • Wait upon the Lord and allow Him to renew our strength (v.29-31).

These verses are too good not to read again:

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.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.

Isaiah 40:28-31

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