12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? 14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. 16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? 19 An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains. 20 He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wood that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move.
21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; 23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for 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.
You know that feeling when you have to wait longer than you expected to? The Frustration builds as each minute passes. Now we have done our share of waiting in these two years. Waiting for life saving vaccines to be developed, waiting through shut downs, slow downs and closures, waiting to socialize in a safe way, waiting to be with our families again, waiting to feel safe to attend Church, Arenas, Concerts, Gyms, waiting for borders to open, waiting for this Pandemic’s ending, the list goes on. Then there is the waiting on test results, or postponed surgery, waiting to hold a wedding, waiting to hold a Celebration of Life at the death of a loved one. Waiting for the economy to pick up, waiting it is something we know a good deal about.
Israel knew this growing impatience of waiting. They had been in exile for 70 years. And although Isaiah had announced to them that a rescuer was coming, God’s promise became harder and harder to believe and trust in with each passing day. They knew God’s promise, but God’s words through Isaiah, well, the words didn’t seem to match their circumstances.
In response, Isaiah reminds them of God’s power and might, His thoughtfulness and attention to detail. God doesn’t make miscalculations or blunders in his promises. But in the middle of a long wait, it sure can feel that way. Would you agree? I have waited for God’s promises to be fulfilled, so have you. You are waiting for a promise of God to be fulfilled right now, I suspect.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” - Isaiah 40:28
Waiting well teaches us to trust God with His plan for our lives, believing He loves us and does everything for our good. Romans 8:28 is our go to passage isn’t it, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
I want you to be reminded today that God’s plan is worth the wait, and Jesus’ birth was proof of that. Jesus did more than rescue Israel; He rescued the world, rescued us. Jesus inaugurated an eternal kingdom, God’s Kingdom, offering freedom from all the weights and pressures that keep us from abundant life, offering and inviting us into an intimate relationship with God.
Whatever you’re waiting for, fight the urge to rush the process. Let the promises of Advent and Christmas, the arrival of God’s greatest promise, be a reminder that no one can fully grasp, or imagine what God has planned for those who love Him.