He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.Isaiah 40:29(NASB)
Despite his blistering denunciation of the apostate ways of God's chosen people, and in spite his grave warning, regarding God's impending wrath and the inevitable punishment that must follow, we discover that the Lord is gracious towards His chosen people, Israel.. and offers them beautiful words of comfort, encouragement, renewal and pardon.
God also promised that He would send a messenger to prepare the way of the Lord, and to straighten the path for His promised Messiah - Who would be the Seed of the woman in the garden.. the promised Seed of Abraham, Whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness - and to great David's greater Son.. the root and stem of Jesse.
The Lord promised to right every wrong; to exalt every valley that had been laid low.. and to make the crooked path straight and sure. He promised to feed His flock like a shepherd, and gather the little lambs into His own arms. He reminded them that His ways are perfect, His counsel is sure, His justice is true and His compassion and mercy is new every morning - for He is a faithful and gracious God. And He has also promised to give strength to the weary... to increase power to the faint-hearted and to give His sufficient strength to those that are weak and powerless.
These words of Isaiah were indeed good tidings of great joy to the little, faithful remnant of Israel, but they are words of great comfort and succour to all who are weary and heavy-laden - both Jew and Gentile alike, for He sent Jesus to be the good Shepherd of the sheep, the Door of the sheepfold - the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Light to all who would trust in His name, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Praise His holy name.
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that You are a good and gracious God, Who is both long-suffering and full of mercy, justice, comfort and love. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient and that You have promised that those who wait on You and look to Jesus, will rise us with wings as eagles - as we rest in Your strength and trust in Your love - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN