Last week was tough for me because by Friday I was very tired. Both of our cars had their windows destroyed by hail, so with repairs being done, we’ve been down to one car.
So, last week I was taking my wife to work, and she was scheduled at 6 AM. YUCK! I’m a night owl, so early mornings and I do not get along.
After doing this for a while, the lack of sleep finally caught up. On Friday I overslept a bit. I was tired.
Maybe I needed some wake-up juice? For some that mean coffee; for me that means Dr. Pepper (sorry, I’m not a coffee fan).
I found it quite timely that this was the situation when I made the devotional video for this week. Why? Because the passage deals with weariness, energy, and strength. Basically, it’s a passage that speaks to those who are tired.
There’s more to the passage, though. In today’s article (and accompanying video), I’ll look at what this passage teaches us.
Now to the text . . .
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 40:28-31 (ESV)
These verses may be quite familiar to you. There’s a clear message on the surface. However, there’s something else in this text that I hadn’t before noticed. But let’s look at the obvious first.
God Never Gets Tired
There’s no question that this passage shows us God’s never-ending energy. God doesn’t need Red Bull, coffee, or even Dr. Pepper. He never lacks strength.
The rest of us, though, do get tired. It doesn’t matter your age, health, or sleep habits. You will get tired. You will run out of energy. You will feel drained. You will need help.
Isaiah reminds us that God, who created everything, has the strength and stamina to help all those who need him. He won’t get tired. He’s been around forever and has yet to even yawn!
When we feel a lack of energy to move, we can call on God. When we feel drained of mental strength, we can call on God. When we are weary and worn down, we can call on God.
However, that’s not all Isaiah teaches us.
Wait, there’s more!
God showed me that this passage reveals something about God’s knowledge and wisdom in relationship to our own.
God is Infinitely Intelligent and Wise, but We are Not
Take a look at verse 28. Look at what it says about God.
Yes, there’s the famous “everlasting God” descriptor. And, following the song, there’s the line about him not growing faint or weary.
Queue worship music!
But there are two lines that the song seems to skip right over (at least in the chorus). What do they say?
- God created everything
- His understanding is “unsearchable” (that is, it’s infinitely far beyond our own)
This is what God pointed out to me in this passage. Yes, he’s a great source of energy and strength. But he’s also the creator God whose person and nature goes far beyond the universe.
Think about this for a moment. God created every single molecule, atom, sub-atomic particle, etc. Every form of life is his creation. God planned out every aspect of how it would operate. If God designed creation, you better believe he understands it.
Now, what about us? We have a lot of knowledge about our world and universe. However, that knowledge is extremely finite.
We’re still discovering new species. We still don’t fully understand our own planet, least of all the solar system, galaxy, and beyond.
Yet, despite our lack of knowledge and God’s infinitely vast knowledge, many still insist God justify himself to us. Many still claim to know more than him.
How arrogant of us.
We must repent of this sin.
Bringing It Home
Instead of confining God to our limited understanding, we should strive to know him more. We should seek his wisdom and knowledge. We should submit to him.
As we seek to know him and grow our understanding, we must always remember that he is God.
The more we know him, the more we’ll know ourselves and the world around us. And in order to know him more, we must know his son, Jesus.
Yes, God is a great comfort and energizer, but he’s also the creator God whose understanding far surpasses our own.