Friday, March 30, 2012

Have You Not Heard?

I opened to Isaiah 40 today, the phrase "Have you not heard?" on my mind.  I wondered what this phrase meant, how it would speak to that very moment.  Isaiah 40 absolutely overwhelmed me (in the best way), and I wanted to share some sections that stood out beautifully:

(v. 4-5) Every valley shall be lifted up,

and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Can you even fathom the day that the Lord's glory is completely revealed?  When perfect healing happens and all people fall to their knees in recognition of our God?  I wonder how every moment of our lives can reveal touches of His glory...both the mountains and the rough places.


(v. 8) The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.


As in the lyrics of Switchfoot, nothing is sound.  The world and its troubles will pass away, but we can take heart--for our God, our unchanging God, has overcome the world (John 16:33).  He stands forever.


(v. 11) He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
        he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Just look at our God's nurturing character!  He is mighty and strong, and He "comes with might" (v. 10), but our Father's yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30).  His great desire is to tend, to gather, to carry, and to gently lead you.


(v. 13-14) Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?

The song "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns comes to mind when I read this.  Who am I / That the Lord of all the earth / Would care to know my name / Would care to feel my hurt?  We may never fathom His ways, nor understand his reasoning, but we can choose to trust Him.


(v. 27-31)  Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
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.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for 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.

If ever you are feeling weak, or feeling unable to withstand troubles, recite this out loud.  It is a promise of God's strength, especially in our weakness.  Enough said?  Be strengthened sisters.

What verse(s) speak most deeply to you right now?

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