Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:21, 28-31 (NIV)
Isaiah in verse 21 from the passage above asks a number of questions to which he doesn’t expect an answer from the reader. In the following verses (22 onwards) he reminds his readers of who God is and in verse 27 he states – ‘Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?’ Here he is reminding his readers that nothing is hidden from God. He knows everything about us – whether good or bad.
In verse 28 of Isaiah 40 the first two questions are repeated, perhaps for effect; to make the reader think about who God really is and what his characteristics are.
In verse 31 the word ‘hope’ is used. Hope in this sense is not used in the way it is interpreted by a secular world – where people hope that the inevitable will not happen. Hope in this sense is the confidence and assurance that Christians have that because God is God, he will be true to his character. So in what do we place our hope, or confidence? In Christ alone, as the one who died on the cross to take away our sin.