BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 17, Day 5 Isaiah 40:27-31

Summary of passage:  Israel and Jacob (the people of these lands) complain that God has disregarded them during their exile to Babylon.  Isaiah answers that God, the Creator of the Universe is ever-lasting.  He does not grow tired or weary and we (the people) cannot understand his reasoning.  But He gives strength to the weary as long as you hope in the Lord.  You will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, and walk and not be faint.

Questions:

10a) They think God has abandoned them because of their plight.  They don’t see it as a punishment or if they do as an unfair one.  But after the punishment (time-out) you get to come out of your room, (Babylon) back to the family (Jerusalem).

b) He tells them again God is the Creator of the Universe; He is ever-lasting.  He won’t grow weary; His understanding no one can fathom (basically, He has his reasons).  He will give you strength to endure if you believe in Him.  Those who hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not be faint.

11) Faith and hope in the Lord

12a) God, as Creator of the Universe, never grows tired or weary so He has the power to do the same for you if you have faith and hope.

b) Personal Question.  My answer:  Tired of dealing with public schools.  Stumbling in my relationships.  Sometimes weary of writing books that are relegated to merely word documents on my computer.  But God gives me strength to endure and keep moving, the discernment to see my problems, and the ability to work to correct them.

Conclusions:  It’s all about keeping the faith in this lesson.  Sure, bad things happen and we never understand.  But you must hold strong and believe there is light at the end of the tunnel–His light.  He never gives us more than we can handle and He has the power to do anything.  What is a more inspiring picture than soaring on wings like eagles?