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Isaiah 47:27-31 – English Standard Version (ESV)
27Why 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.
1) Who is speaking in this passage and who are they speaking to?
2) What is the context of Isaiah’s encouragement to the nation of Israel?
3) What does it mean to wait on the Lord?
A trip to www.studylight.org is in order here.
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The Findings for Original Intent
1) This passage is taken from the book of Isaiah written by the prophet Isaiah. He prophesied to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, which was made up of people from the Israelite nation. (Isaiah 6) Isaiah’s job was to preach of impending judgment, but he also reminded the people that God would restore them as a people after they faced the consequences of their poor choice. God is the God of restoration and redemption!
2) In the context of this passage, Isaiah is reminding the Israelite people that God is great! He asked them a series of rhetorical questions throughout the entire chapter to remind them that they knew the answer already. God’s way is not hidden. They know and have heard the truth of God. He is a God of infinite power and might. He is the God of eternal strength and salvation!
3) When we look at the word “wait” in v. 31, it denotes a waiting with anticipation and eagerness. This isn’t your average every-day waiting. This is looking, anticipating, and expecting God to do His work. He will renew, strengthen, and never grow faint in all of eternity.
Some Applications for Our Everyday Lives
1) The Old Testament is a part of the larger story of the Bible and without its foundation, the New Testament is only part of God’s redemptive message. Isaiah is one piece of that story, and as we read the history of Israel, God’s desire to redeem His people is clear. The entire unfolding of Scripture is the love story between God and humanity. It tells of God’s desire to make right humanities transgression and broken relationship with His full redemption in the sending of His Son.
2) In our vulnerable moments before the Lord our hearts are laid bare. It is in these moments where we need to find purpose, to find meaning in the pain and the answer to the why’s of life. Our only answer is recalling what we know to be TRUE! The absolute, unbreakable, never changing truth that God is bigger, stronger, and full of redemption for our vulnerable moments. God’s eternal truth prevails over our scars, our heartaches, and our emotions.
3) Waiting on the Lord is hard and it is the valley where our faith is forged. Waiting implies nothing is happening, but quite the opposite is true. The process of waiting is where our “strength is renewed”, “we run and do not grow weary”, and “we walk in faith and do not faint”. “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Psalm 25:5)
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