How do we get to here: “They shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)? By the first sentence in the verse: “But those who wait on the Lord”.
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
When you have a decision to make, do you focus on God and His Word or on the problem you’re facing? Are you quick to follow someone else’s advice, or simply follow your own plan, before seeking guidance in the Scriptures? Although your plan may seem like the most promising option, if you have left God out, it’s very possible you’ve become an obstacle to what He desires for you. When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember the Lord’s guidance: “In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). When you follow Him, He’ll guide you to the optimal path for your life.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 2, 2021.
There are some nonbelievers who think it’s okay to live as they please for awhile before repenting of sin and turning to Christ for salvation. But it’s dangerous to delay. The time to be saved is when you hear the gospel, feel the Spirit’s conviction about sin, and understand that eternal consequences await those who reject the Savior’s free gift.
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Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 11, 2019.
The same trees that are used as fuel for fires to furnish warmth and to cook also provide wood for people to make idols, which they worship and to which they entrust their prayers and themselves. Nothing could be more foolish than worshiping as deity a piece of wood, while burning the same wood in a fire to keep warm. Idol-makers cannot comprehend the idiocy of creating gods from materials used for the most trivial domestic purposes.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 44:12-19.
Like eating ashes, which provide no nourishment, idolatry is a deception, from which the sinner gets nothing but judgement.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 44:20.
A peaceful life is impossible without confidence in the Lord. That trust is built through a relationship with Him-praying through trials and triumphs, seeking His guidance, and testing His Word to see that it is true and practical for life.
When we’ve experienced God’s faithfulness and believe He will continue to act on behalf of His followers (Isaiah 64:4), that’s when peace is possible. In fact, it is not only possible but promised to the believer who trusts in Him (Philippians 4:6-7). But unshakable peace isn’t instantaneous; it is cultivated through a consistent relationship with the Lord.
Commentary from Charles Stanley, In Touch Devotional, February 26, 2020.
In the future earthly kingdom envisioned by Isaiah, false appraisals of leadership qualities will be impossible, because everyone will see and speak clearly.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 32:5.