The Greatness of God

The Greatness of God

       

Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV) ~ 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.

 

God’s people are set free through the proclamation of His greatness. We see in verses 12-31, Isaiah declares that God is greater than anything on earth or anything scattered throughout the universe. Seven comparisons are made. Let’s take a brief look at them.

 

  • The Lord is greater than the universe.
    • All the waters of the earth are nothing more than a drop of water in the palm of God’s hand
    • All the heavens – the stars, sun, moon, planets – measure no more than the width of God’s hand
    • The weight of the earth – it’s dust, mountains, hills – is known by the Lord and the Lord only
  • The Lord is greater than any counselor or teacher.
    • God’s knowledge, understanding, and justice are infinite. Therefore, He has no need for a counselor or advisor, since there is no being anywhere in the entire universe who can add to His knowledge, understanding, or spirit of justice.
    • He needs no counselor to advise or instruct Him about what to do (v.13).
    • He needs no one to enlighten Him or to teach Him the path of justice or to show Him what to do (v.14).
    • He needs no one to impart knowledge or understanding to Him.
  • The Lord is greater than all the nations of the earth in all their power and glory.
    • The power and glory of all nations throughout history are nothing more than a drop of water in a bucket or a piece of dust on a set of scales (v.15).
    • Nothing among the nations could ever be offered to God that would be worthy of His glory.
  • The Lord is greater than all the images and false gods of this world.
    • No idol or false god can even be compared to the Lord. Comparisons are ridiculous.
    • Idols and false gods are nothing more than man-made objects, the creation of people’s imagination.
  • The Lord is greater than all the people of the earth.
    • When the Lord sits enthroned above the earth, looking down upon the people, they appear as nothing more than grasshoppers in His sight.
    • The Lord is so great that He can stretch out the heavens that He created and spread them out like a tent in which He lives and demonstrates His presence and glory.
    • In comparison to the rulers and judges of this earth God is far greater. He alone judges the great, the powerful of this earth. If their works have been evil, He erases and makes their works useless.
    • Blasting them with the fury of His breath, the Lord causes the great and powerful to wither away like a plant or to be swept away like chaff by a whirlwind (vv.23-24).
  • The Lord is greater than any being in the entire universe.
    • No one else is great enough nor has the power to create such a vast universe.
    • Note that the Lord Himself is speaking. He challenges the reader: “Lift up your eyes and look at the heavens above and ask yourself: ‘who created all these?’”
  • The Lord is greater than any trial or temptation.
    • The Jews felt as if God were far away, unconcerned about their welfare or else unaware of their hardships. But the Lord knew, and His heart reached out in compassion to His people. Stirring Isaiah to encourage them, the Lord gave four assurances to His people:
      • He is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth (v.28). Thus He oversees the earth and knows everything that is happening. Because He is everlasting—no beginning and no end—He is able to oversee and control all events of human history.
      • He never faints or becomes weary in overseeing the earth and His people. Again, being everlasting, God is always available to help those who truly trust and obey Him.
      • He strengthens both the weary and the weak who trust Him (v.29).
      • He will renew the strength of all who wait on the Lord (vv.30-31). No matter their chronological age, the Lord will strengthen them with more energy and vigor than even young men have. Note this fact: the word wait does not mean sitting around doing nothing. Rather it means to hope in the Lord, praying and trusting the Lord to meet one’s need (Isa. 26:3-4; 30:15). Also, the word renew means to exchange, such as exchanging old clothes for new. The believer who truly places his hope in the Lord will renew his strength, exchange his weaknesses for the Lord’s strength (2 Cor. 12:9). The Lord will build up the believer, empower his spirit to soar above the trials and temptations that afflict him, to soar just like an eagle above the earth. A believer who truly hopes in the Lord will be strengthened so that he can run through the problems, hardships, trials, and temptations of life. And he will not grow weary. He will walk victoriously, triumphantly, and not faint (v.31).

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV) ~ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV) ~ For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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