Scripture: Isaiah 40: 25-31
Key verse: (28a) “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
Reflection: When I was in seminary, one of my Old Testament professors invited us to go through the Bible and underline every time we saw the words “who is like God”? It was amazing to see how many times this question was asked when people found themselves under extreme duress and God seemed absent. There are many things that happen in our everyday lives that can distance us from God – grief, personal attack, suffering and loss are just a few. So, it’s important to have reminders of who God is when we feel like God is very far away.
In this passage in Isaiah, God is offering comfort to people. God is reminding us, through the prophet, that God is great in strength, mighty in power, calling each of us by name and giving us strength when we feel powerless. God promises to lift us up no matter the circumstances. The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. And while we might fall exhausted because of the trials of life, God never grows tired or weary.
So, if you are going through a tough time right now, God is with you even if you feel like God is a million miles away. God gives each of us the strength we need to move through our crisis or trial. God is here with us lifting us up on eagle’s wings, carrying us through our joys and sorrows, reminding us each day that there is no one like God.
Prayer: Loving God, in times of distress, when we feel like you have abandoned us, remind us that you know what we are going through and you will give us a full measure of your strength to get us through the ups and downs of life. Remind us of your great love and the promises you have made to never forsake us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].