Daily Devotionals

New Year's Week 2020 - Friday

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31

I have a favorite chair at my apartment. It's not fancy, and it is a little bit worn out, but it's colorful, big, and comfortable, and it can spin around. Whenever I go to sit in that chair, I never, ever question whether or not that chair is going to support me as I sit down. I have complete trust that my favorite chair will not let me fall to the ground while I sit in it. It's funny, you know? I completely trust my chair to hold me, yet sometimes I struggle to trust an all-powerful God to hold me as live my life.

Can you relate? Do you find yourself struggling to trust God? Maybe you trust God in most areas of your life, but there is that one area of your life where it seems like He is absent and you are struggling to trust Him. Let me encourage you today that you can, indeed, trust Him with everything.

Isaiah 40 is a reminder to the people of Israel that God is always trustworthy. Things in this world may let us down and disappoint us, but God will never let us down. When the book of Isaiah was written, the people of Israel needed to be encouraged that they could trust God. You see, they had been taken from their land, Israel, into captivity to the country of Assyria because of their sin against God, and they needed to know that God was still working and that He was trustworthy.

In Isaiah 40, Isaiah prophesied about a time when Israel would be restored. God promised through Isaiah's prophecy that even though things looked bleak for the Israelites, better times were ahead for them. Isaiah reminded them that God is on the throne. He is all-powerful. No one can compare to Him. Then, Isaiah wrote these words: "How can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?… Have you never heard? … Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows week or weary" (verse 28). Isaiah closed this chapter by saying that those who trust in God will be strengthened and not grow weary (verse 31). In this short passage of Scripture, he was calling believers to trust God and find strength in Him.

My friend, the same that was true for the Israelites is true for you. "How can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?" He is the supreme God over all creation. You can trust Him in every single area of your life. May it be said of us that 2020 was the year we trusted God with everything.

Moving Toward Action

In what areas of your life are you struggling to trust God? Take a few moments and make a list of those areas. When you have made the list, spend some time praying to God about the areas of your life where you are struggling to trust Him. Ask Him to help you trust Him in every single area of your life.

Going Deeper

Read Isaiah 40:18-31 (NLT)

To whom can you compare God?
    What image can you find to resemble him?
Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,
    overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
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!

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?
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.
He judges the great people of the world
    and brings them all to nothing.
They hardly get started, barely taking root,
    when he blows on them and they wither.
    The wind carries them off like chaff.

“To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

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.
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
    O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
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.
He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
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.