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 of the prophet Isaiah's grave warning regarding God's impending wrath and the inevitable punishment that must follow God's disobedient people, we discover that the Lord is gracious towards His chosen nation, Israel, and offers them beautiful words of comfort, encouragement, renewal, and pardon.
Despite their rebellious ways, the prophet presents words of consolation and strength to the afflicted people of God. He is willing to forgive their sin and they are to be ready to receive their coming King. The day was to come when they would hear a voice in the wilderness, calling them to prepare the way of the Lord. In this beautiful passage of Scripture, the Lord graciously invites His people to prepare their hearts to receive the Lord into their midst and to hear His message of salvation, grace, reconciliation, and hope.
God, in His long-suffering kindness, promised that He would send a messenger who would prepare the way of the Lord. He would come to prepare the hearts of the people. He would come to straighten the path for the arrival of the promised Messiah.
The coming Saviour was to be the Seed of the woman as foretold in the garden of Eden. He would be the promised Seed of Abraham, whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness. The people of God were to get ready to receive great David's greater Son... the root and stem of Jesse.
The same God Who created the world and brought His people out of Egyptian slavery, is the One Who is returning to save His people from their sin. The same God who breathed life into Adam and made a covenant with His people, Israel, is the same Holy One of Israel Who gives strength to the weary and increases the power of those that lack strength.
The Lord promised to right every wrong and to exalt every valley that had been laid low. He vowed to make the crooked path straight. He pledged to feed His flock like a Shepherd and committed to gather His little lost lambs into His own loving 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.
Despite his blistering denunciation of the apostate ways of God's chosen people in the early chapters of Isaiah, the prophet's message from chapter 40 is one of enormous comfort and encouragement, for the Lord is a faithful and gracious God who gives strength to the weak and rest to the weary. He has promised that, "those who wait on 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."
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 up with wings as eagles - as we rest in Your strength and trust in Your love. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.