Hope For God’s People

At church yesterday, Brother Daryl Wattley preached from Isaiah as he has done for the past several times where he has preached. While he made no apology for tough messages, he did convey that knew he would get to better proclamations from God about Judah later in the book.

To his point, Brother Wattley focused on Isaiah 22:14 which says, “The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” This was the message God gave Isaiah about the people of Jerusalem. The sin in which they had committed was so grievous that God declared it could not be atoned. What was it that those people had done? First, God called them to repent of their sin, but they went in the opposite direction. They further showed disregard for God by saying that they weren’t worrying about tomorrow or what happens to them after death. Moreover, Brother Wattley stated that the peoples’ action of partying rather than confessing sin was a proclamation that there was no after life – no consequence for living contrary to God. For that, they had no HOPE .

James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Those people did not humble themselves; however, in our text, Isaiah 40:30-31, today we see Hope For God’s People which is a sharp contrast to what Brother Wattley preached. Isaiah 40:30-31 also provides that good news or positive text for which expressed would come later in the book. Why? HOPE is offered because the people were willing to humble themselves before God. Listen to the text.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

My mother used to say learn from what I did and did not say. In verse 29, this principle is true. What did God say? God gives strength and power to the weak, to those who trust or HOPE in Him. What didn’t God say but He said? For those who are proud and confident in their own wisdom and strength, they will receive no strength from God. In essence, they have no HOPE. Both convey what God said in James 4:6.

Hope For God’s People rest in trusting in Him. We must humble ourselves in order to trust or hope in the Lord. If you want hope, hope in the Lord.


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