Focal Passage: Isaiah 40:18-31
I’ve walked through open markets in South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East. In those markets I’ve seen shop after shop with shelves overflowing with idols – the works of the hands of mere men. I’ve watched in Hindu and Buddhist temples as burdened and broken-hearted worshippers knelt or bowed before dead statues, lifting up heavy burdens before dead idols that, having ears, could not hear; having eyes, could not see; having mouths, could not answer them; and having hands, could not do one thing to lift their burdens. It was a hideously sad sight to watch.
And yet, Judah, the people of the one true and living God, had allowed their hearts to be drawn away to worshipping the works of the hands of men.
God had told them for most of 39 chapters that He would bring punishment on them for their rebellion and turning away.
But, God, who is rich in mercy, now promised them He had not forsaken them, but would renew them after the time of suffering ended.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been really sick, more so than in the past 20+ years. My body is still weak and in need of renewal. God hasn’t forgotten me. He sees. He hears.
He knows. I am thankful that He is renewing my spirit, day by day, by the power of His Spirit, helping me trust in, and walk with, Him. One day that renewal process will be complete, and we will forever rest in Him. Until then, may we trust and obey Him alone.