In our own personal struggles and story, we like to have a reason or an answer for what we go through. The Bible has many stories of those who experienced trials and got those answers. But what if we don’t? Pastor Dustin leads us through Isaiah 40:12-14 referencing Job’s story as he goes to encourage us that what we really need is God and that is enough.
In the study of Isaiah 40, we’ve met God as our Savior, a gentle shepherd, the incomparable creator. Verses 13 and 14 now show us our God as omniscient, all-knowing, and all-wise. As we week to answer the questions of “who” that Isaiah enumerates, we are left with one answer: God only.
When our situation is dark and times are hard, it seems difficult to have hope. But using his testimony as a backdrop, Pastor Michael Whitcomb shares that is the time when God can be found and our hope confirmed.
Pastor Michael Whitcomb and his wife Nina share their testimony at Heritage Bible Church
Inside our need and desire for comfort, we often get in our own way. In other words, our view of God is fairly obstructed by ourselves. Friends, when our eyes are on ourselves we constrict our ability to receive the necessary comfort and direction that God intends to give.
So, a radical redirection is necessary. And radical is precisely what we’re given in this text. A proper understanding of our text should leave our mouths agape at the incomparable greatness of our God.
Our God is a both a might warrior and savior but also a gentle shepherd. He saves and we join with him in the rewards of His victory and when he cares for us he protects us, carries us and leads us individually.
How will we see through the mist of suffering and trials? How will we see through the mist of the hostility of this present age? How will we see through the mist of confusion in search of God’s direction for our lives?
The ultimate answer to all of these questions is at the heart of God’s message in Isaiah 40:9-11. To see through the mist, we must see God. Our eyes of our hearts and the paths of our lives must be illuminated by Him and His glory.
As we continue our study in Isaiah 40, we’ll see more of what God intended for His people to hear in the midst of their exile in Babylon. He knew that His people would need to know and experience His genuine comfort.
In order to ensure that we really grasp the significance of the comfort contained in the statements found in verses 1-5, God continues in verses 6-8 by offering a massive contrast. It is a contrast that hinges on time.
Writing to the Corinthian church, Paul writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction”. Indeed He is the God of all comfort and we need and experience His comfort most when amidst a season of affliction. But, what exactly does this mean?
What is comfort? How does God comfort His children?
We will see that God’s comfort isn’t cheap or insignificant. God’s comfort is real, robust, and reliable!