Isaiah 40:6-31 is an amazing passage of Scripture that is so encouraging, comforting, challenging and uplifting. Verses 6-8 remind us of the frailty of mankind in this life (compared to grass and flowers) and in contrast the eternity and the power of the Word of God.
Verses 9-11 reveals that although our Sovereign God is all powerful (Omnipotence) and He rules justly, He also takes care of us like a shepherd tends and gathers His lambs. He gently holds us in His arms, close to His heart. In addition, He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek and obey Him (Vs. 10b & Hebrews 11:6).
The word “who” is repeated 6x’s in three verses (12-14) asking the question “who did all these things”, referring to all of creation. The text goes even further to reveal that our great God had no counselor or advisor as He created everything that exists, and that He, as the Sovereign ruler of all, has never needed nor will ever need any assistance in sustaining or ruling over His creation. Our amazing God is omniscient (He knows everything) and therefore is fully capable of ruling and reigning over all things.
Lest we think that God’s Omniscience and Omnipotence are limited, verses 15-17 make it clear they are not, but rather are over all nations. The nations are but a “drop in the bucket” to our great and awesome God (vs. 15). Hebrews 4:13 makes it clear that nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. This reveals God’s omnipresence (God everywhere at the same time). Mind blowing, right?
As a result, it is a ridiculous thought then to reduce God to mere images and objects of worship (verses 18-20. It is a horrible attempt to reduce God to what our small minds can conceive God as. Isaiah blasts this blasphemous thought and idea by proclaiming in even more vivid detail truth about who God is and what He has done (verses 21-25). We, like grass and flowers before, are now compared to grasshoppers (vs. 22). There is no one greater than our God, not kings, rulers or princes. He simply blows on them and like the grass, flowers and grasshoppers, they perish like, when a whirlwind sweeps away chaff (vs. 23-24).
In verse 26 we are called to look to all creation (general revelation) for evidence of who God is and what He has done (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-20). God does indeed speak through all that He has created! Yes, we are without excuse based on God’s self-revelation in all of creation.
Verse 27 reveals that our ways are not hidden from the Lord. Our lives and the paths that we are on are not out of God’s sight. God has not forgotten us. He knows our joys and sorrows and has bottled up our tears and knows our wanderings (Psalm 56:8). He knows that we are but dust (Psalm 103:14).
Then the finale and summary truth about God comes in verses 28-31. Read it and glory in who God is and what He has done and continues to do today:
Do you not know? Have you not
heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.
The Word of God can bring perspective, insight, wisdom, discernment, strength, comfort and peace to us if we will but believe and trust in it (Psalm 119; Proverbs 1-9). God has revealed Himself in the general revelation of creation for sure, but He has specifically revealed Himself in the Scriptures! In this passage of Scripture, God has given us insight into who He is and what He has done on our behalf. This is why we need all of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. Look at all of life through the lens and filter of God’s Word and more of life will make sense. We won’t have all the answers this side of heaven (Deuteronomy 29:29), but we can live life very differently if we will take Him at His Word.