Thoughts from Isaiah 40

Recently, one of our pastors asked us to study Isaiah 40 together as a couple. We were struck by verse eleven and its relevance to our lives right now: “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” That’s the God we serve. He tends, gathers, carries, and gently leads. He is so tender toward us. It’s funny…sometimes I think how silly we must look to Him as he watches our futile efforts to live in our own wisdom, and yet time and again, He choses to respond to us by tending, gathering, carrying, and gently leading.

Another take-away from Isaiah 40 comes from verses 28 and 29 and 31. “The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.” “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Those are great words for anyone embarking on a long journey, whether it’s adoption or something else. We have at our disposal an endless source of strength, Who understands us and our challenges far better than we can ever hope to understand ourselves. That’s our God.

He is the God who “vindicates the orphan and the oppressed” (Psalm 10:18). He is the God we serve.

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