Don’t You Know Who God Is? (Isaiah 40:28-29)
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. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. —Isaiah 40:28-29
The book of Isaiah is marked by the lofty themes of God’s holiness and justice as well as his redeeming love for his own. The question is raised “how can a holy and just God love sinful people,” and it is answered by Isaiah 53 as we behold our suffering Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is within this tension of holiness and love, of justice and redemption that we arrive upon the rich plains of Isaiah 40.
Here God is revealed in truth as we are: he is the mighty, holy and loving Creator and we are the utterly dependent creatures. Additionally we behold rich promises from God to his own and we remember that these promises “find their Yes in him,” in Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20), as they have been purchased by his blood.
Who God Is
Isaiah in essence, asks God’s people in astonishment “don’t you know who God is?” Then he answers his own question by stating truth about the LORD, saying…
The LORD is everlasting (he not only has no end, but he also has no beginning)
He is the Creator of the ends of the earth
He never faints or grows weary
His understanding is beyond measure
He gives power to the faint and increases strength to those who have no might
As you consider truth about God, also consider this: the opposite of every one of those truths reveal who we are. . .
We have a beginning and our existence is dependent upon Another
We are merely creatures
We faint and grow weary
Our understanding is limited
We are unable to increase the strength of others as we are without might ourselves
Turn to God in Prayer
Ask God to grant you grace to commune with him in humility as you meditate on who he is and what he has done for you.
As you commune with him, consider the following and may you respond in thankful, humble prayer: “The LORD is. . .” (v. 28) and “The LORD gives. . .” (v. 29), all of this in Jesus’ name. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving” indeed, (Psalm 100:4)!