Much Upheaval; Much Comfort
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1
"Isaiah is great for two reasons," wrote William Sanford LaSor in his fascinating book Great Personalities of the Old Testament (Revell, p. 136): "He lived in momentous days, in critical days of international upheaval, and he wrote what many consider to be the greatest book in the Old Testament." "We see Isaiah move with fearless dignity through the chaos of his day," wrote E. M. Blaiklock, "firm in his quiet faith, sure in his God" (Handbook of Bible People, Scripture Union, p. 329).
Isaiah is the prophet we need to hear today as he cries out God's message above the din of world upheaval, "Comfort, comfort my people." The English word "comfort" comes from two Latin words that together mean "with strength." When Isaiah says to us, "Be comforted!" it is not a word of pity, but of power. God's comfort does not weaken us; it strengthens us. God is not indulging us, but empowering us. "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15 KJV).
As we study Isaiah's book, we will meet not only this outstanding prophet, but also some mighty kings and rulers; and we will witness the rise and fall of magnificent kingdoms. We will see God's people chastened and then restored. But above all else, we will see the Lord Jesus Christ, God's "Suffering Servant," as He does the will of God and suffers and dies for the sins of the world.
Applying God's Truth:
- Can you think back to a time with God's comfort gave you much strength? What did you learn from that experience?
- What situation(s) are you currently facing where you are in great need to God's comfort?
- What are your goals (or hopes) as you read through the book of Isaiah?
Devotions for Comfort and Hope ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.