Background:

The previous 39 chapters of Isaiah have exposed the wicked corruptions of Israel and Judah. At the beginning of Isaiah 40 we see a picture of the future captivity. Their attitude is negative and fearful. They are feeling forsaken by God. One question that weighed heavily on their minds was that since they had failed to be God’s people and had rejected God, did they have a future? Would God ever work in their midst or would He simply abandon them? A whole new movement in God’s dealing with His people will unfold. We see in these two chapters that God did still love them. He was “the Holy One of Israel” who could not abandon His own people.

Memory Verse:

“But those who trust on the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings likeeagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT)

Reflection:

What is one attribute of God revealed in Hezekiah’s story that helps you to trust Him more fully?