Like mere grasshoppers

Sunday’s Scripture – February 7, 2021

Isaiah 40:21-31

 

Reflection

In the fortieth chapter of Isaiah, we find a well-known passage of Scripture and one of the most comforting.

Contextually, Isaiah forty comes right after thirty-nine chapters of warning, destruction, and exile. Chapter forty marks a transition to God’s promise of restoration.

Isaiah 40:21-31 is a passage about God’s sovereignty and our inferiority, God’s omnipotence and our limitedness, God’s infiniteness and our finitude. God alone is everlasting and Holy. God alone sits above the circle of the earth. God alone sees and understands all. We are like mere grasshoppers. We will wither.

Maybe this doesn’t sound very comforting to you. If so, consider these three reactions. First, we could deny the truth of who we are compared to God all together. But, something is either in accordance with reality or it is not. No amount of denial will change that. Second, we could acknowledge the truth, but become bitter about our own insignificance. Ultimately, this is just a waste of time. Lastly, we could acknowledge the truth and experience the only real freedom, peace, joy, and strength available.

I’m sure by now you know number three is the right answer.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted. But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

(Are you singing the tune in your head too?)

Maybe the circumstances of last year, or our circumstances right now, have left us tired, weary, and faint. This Scripture reminds us that we cannot renew our own strength, no matter how much we strive, work, or manipulate. There is only one source and way to renew our strength. We must wait on the Lord, resting in Him. Each time we feel weary or faint, we have an opportunity to turn to the Lord and receive strength.

Perhaps it’s comforting to be a grasshopper after all, when we have a God like that.

 

Questions

  • Where do you feel weary, faint, and tired? Acknowledge it before God and let God renew your strength.
  • Do you have a tendency to strive, work, or manipulate to get the rest you need? Admit this before God and rest in God.
  • What does resting in the Lord look like for you?

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