By Glenn Metts
Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, Seymour
Focal Passage: Isaiah 40:18-31
One of the most encouraging and beloved Scriptures in God’s Word is Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” That is a truth that we can cling to in troublesome times. When we look to the future, our minds are filled with questions about what is to come. Sometimes, our minds can also be filled with fear of what the future holds.
As we come to chapter 40 of Isaiah, Judah still had 100 years of trouble before Jerusalem would fall, then 70 years of exile. So God tells Isaiah to speak tenderly and to comfort Jerusalem. God promises His presence and His faithfulness to His people as they walk through difficult years ahead. As our lesson points out, God provides strength for those who trust in Him. [Read more…]