February 21, 2019

Isaiah 40:18 (NLT) — 18 To whom can you compare God? What image can you find to resemble him?

Father before Jesus came we had nothing to compare you too. But now because of Jesus who perfectly mirrored you. He radiated your glory and expressed your character. Jesus compared himself to a Good Shepherd. Father without Jesus we wouldn’t have fully seen goodness. Now we know what goodness is and I thank you that you are truly good. There is no evil in you. Without Jesus we wouldn’t know what true love is but now we do. We see how Jesus, because he loved us, gave up his perfect life for us imperfect humans. And Father the love started with you because you are the one who released Jesus to us. Your love is a, hold back nothing, love. Father thank you for your goodness and thank you for your love.

Isaiah 40:19 (NLT) — 19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?

Father how foolish it would be to compare the created with the creator. How foolish on our part to trust in things that have no life in themselves. Thank you Father for forgiving us for these foolish acts. Father I pray for those people who still trust in things or people other than you for their well being. May you draw them all to Jesus so they can experience real life from the Bread of Life!

Isaiah 40:20 (NLT) — 20 Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down!

Father may all the people of the world see that you are not a respecter of persons. You welcome all people with open arms regardless of their station in life. Father may we be like you and be accepting of all people. May we not withhold the our love, our help and our prayers from anyone. And Father I thank you that nothing can bring you down. You need the support of no one and no thing.

Isaiah 40:21 (NLT) — 21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand? Are you deaf to the words of God— the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant?

Father give us the understanding of you that you want us to have. Open our ears to hear as we pore over your words so that we will not be ignorant of you and your ways. May we delight in discovering new insights into your character. Father help us to truly know you and then to make you known to others. Father may we never turn a deaf ear to your words whether they be what we read in your word or what we hear spoken from someone else who you are using to communicate to us.

Isaiah 40:22 (NLT) — 22 God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.

Father I thank you that you have also chosen to come close and live in us. My understanding in this is so limited but my heart rejoices and my soul is at rest just knowing that you are close. The grasshopper in me jumps for joy when I thing of you:)

Isaiah 40:23 (NLT) — 23 He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.

Father may the people who think they are great in this world and who believe that they don’t need you come to their senses and see that they are nothing when compared to you. Father give them a glimpse of hell, life without you. Father I thank you that you are a just judge.

Isaiah 40:24 (NLT) — 24 They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither. The wind carries them off like chaff.

Father the great people of this world really believe that they carry weight and that theirs are the only lives that matter. Father give them a Saul of Tarsus experience so that they will see that without you they are feather weights, that they have no substance at all in your eyes. May they like Saul cry out, “What will you have me do?”

Isaiah 40:25 (NLT) — 25 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

Father keep us humbly by bringing to our attention that you have no equal. And help us not to go against your will and thus giving the impression that we are your equal. Father you are the true Master over all creation and may we bow to you as such.

Isaiah 40:26 (NLT) — 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.

Father I thank you that we are more important to you than the stars. Jesus didn’t come to save the stars he came to save us. Father I thank you that on judgment day no one that called on the name of Jesus will be missing. You are just as meticulous in knowing us as you are in knowing the stars. Thank you, thank you, thank you. O and by the way Father I think it is humorous that man is so busy cataloging and counting the stars when you have already done that:)

Isaiah 40:27 (NLT) — 27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Father help us not to fall into ‘pity parties’ or ‘poor me’ moments. You do see all and you do not ignore the cries and prayers of your people. You take care of the stars and you will take care of us. Help us to welcome troubled times knowing that you use these times to build up our faith and character. Help us to remember that trouble works for us and not against us. Help us to keep trusting, trusting, trusting.

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT) — 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

Help us to remember Father that nothing is too difficult for you and that nothing can wear you out or cause you to lose your power. You don’t have to take supplements or steroids to improve your health or your power. Help us also to remember that when we don’t understand you do.

Isaiah 40:29 (NLT) — 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

Father I thank that I meet the qualifications for your power and strength. I can’t think of anyone more weak and more powerless then me. The world laughs at the weak and powerful, but not you Father, you fill us and encourage us to go on. You don’t break off a bruised reed or snuff out a smoldering wick.(Isaiah 42:3) Thank you Father.

Isaiah 40:30 (NLT) — 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.

No one lasts forever. Father I thank you that you do.

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) — 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Father I live for your promises. I live on your promises. I will live forever because of your promises. Father I trust in you so thank you for the promise that I will find new strength, I will soar high, I will run, I will not grow weary, I will walk and I will not faint. Thank you Father for Isaiah 40.

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