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”? 28 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. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 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.
Isaiah 40:27-31 ESV
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; 9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; 10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“By the power of the Grayskull, I have the power!” When Adam, a wimpy prince, spoke that with his Power Sword pulled, he would turn into He-man, the most powerful man in the universe, to defend the planet and protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil force. And his pet, a timid tiger, would also become a fearless friend. If you grew up in the ’80s, you would probably remember the cartoon “He-Man.” The Sorceress who lived in Castle Grayskull was the one who granted Adam his transformative abilities and communicated telepathically with him. That was the power source of He-Man.
We are not supermen or superwomen who bare the responsiblity to rescue the world. But sometimes it would feel like we would need that superpower to handle our long list of daily tasks, finish school and work deadlines, overcome obstacles and challenges, fight sicknesses, and care for those in need. Don’t we all wish we could have a power sword that can empower us? But who can be our source of help and strength?
Here comes our answer from God’s word:
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.Isaiah 40:28-29
Look no further, God did not give us a Power Sword, but He gave us Himself! Our Lord, the everlasting God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, tells us that He is our power source! His power is limitless, and His understanding is unsearchable. The Lord is God Almighty, and He is also Ebenezer. He is our help and strength, not only when facing significant challenges but even in the minor tasks we do every day. He is with us, and He is our strength.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
It’s such a blessing and great promise from God, our Strength! And how can we ignore Him?
So instead of saying, “by the power of the Grayskull, I have the power”, we can proclaim, like Apostle Paul –
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:13
1 thought on “The LORD is my Strength (Isaiah 40 & 41 Devotional)”
“I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.”
I have had some weaknesses, which I couldn’t overcome before I did believed in Jesus. Even after I believed in Jesus, I tried my best not doing it again, but I failed because I relied on myself. It didn’t take long for my weakness come back again. Our victory is in the Lord. Our strength comes from Him. We could overcome our weakness through relying on Jesus’ power. We wait for the Lord shall renew our strength. My heart is calm, when my soul is in harmony with Jesus. I pray to God to strengthen us to face each challenge everyday. Amen!
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