By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31
A. This past week we were admonished to be revived in our service to God.
B. Many of us have made commitments to serve God with revived hearts.
C. How do we maintain that zeal in the days ahead?
D. Isaiah 40 is to encourage and comfort the people of God.
I. I will remind myself that God is always in control. (vs. 28-29)
A. We all have times of doubt. (vs. 27)
1. Where is God when I need him? (vs. 27)
2. Expect that discouragement will come. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
B. Rely upon what you know about God. (vs. 28-29)
1. Faith is better sustained by going back to the simple things we know.
C. Remember what you have heard about God. (2 Timothy 1:5; Proverbs 1:8)
D. God is everlasting. He is the creator. He doesn’t faint. He does not grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
II. I will wait on the Lord. (vs. 31; Psalms 27:14)
A. Waiting on the Lord means accepting and understanding that his ways are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:9)
1. We often don’t know what is best for ourselves. (Jeremiah 10:23).
B. Waiting on the Lord requires setting priorities. (Matthew 6:33)
C. Waiting on the Lord means to stop whining. (Philippians 2:4)
1. Think more about what you do have and less on what you don’t have.
D. Waiting on the Lord requires patience with ourselves. (2 Peter 3:18)
1. Being tempted to return to old ways should be expected. (1 Peter 5:8)
III. I will win with God. (vs. 31)
A. Because I will be strong. (Ephesians 6:10)
B. Because I will fly like an eagle. (Higher Ground)
C. Because I will run and not grow weary. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
D. Because I will walk and not faint. (Romans 6:4)
Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) We can maintain our zeal for God by constant remembrance that He is in control and patiently waiting for His will in our life.