We are insignificant like grasshoppers in comparison to God. He sits on the circle of the earth and created the earth.
Isaiah 40:21-22 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
God named all the stars and knows each of their names, yet man thinks he’s in control. God is all powerful.
Isaiah 40:23-26 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
God has never fainted or gone to sleep. There’s no understanding of the vastness of his power.
Isaiah 40:27-31 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
God asks everyone of us to exercise patience. We all have hard trials but God will give us strength, if we wait on him. In a hospital waiting room there isn’t a lot of comfort. It is a place of delay because you want something to happen now. But while you’re waiting, something you can’t see is happening someplace else. Impatience is a form of unbelief. If God says wait, we have to wait. If we don’t wait, we are trying to control the situation instead of letting God work things out for us.
Wait: to stay or remain in place until something expected happens, to not do something until something happens.
Patience: to endure without complaint, to endure pain and suffering without complaining.
God gives us trials and tests to exercise our patience to wait on him.
James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
God wants our faith to be proved. If we’re not tried and tested, we won’t be sure we love God and have proven our faith. God let Job be tried to prove his faith was true.
I Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
We may not be joyful about what’s happening but we can still be happy and have joy in the trials. God allows the trials to work something better in us than what we have, to be a glory to God. Sometimes people give up in the trial because they get their eyes off Christ, but he will help us through if we trust Jesus and lean on him.
Hebrews 6:12-15 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
It takes work to have patience. When we have a trial, it is a test of whether we’re going to let patience work or let the flesh work. It is through hard trials that we gain spiritual maturity. Abraham patiently endured 25 years for the promise of a son. God gives us grace for one day at a time.
Trials are to purge us.
Malachi 3:2-3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
We have things that we’ve lived with for years that need to be refined and that we will only see them when the hard trial comes. When gold or silver is refined, it is heated until the dross comes to the top of the refining pot and can be skimmed off. If we have dross in our life, God sends trials so we can be purged.
Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
We are chosen in the furnace of affliction. God sends the trials to purge us and so the saints can see we’ve been proven. When we’re first saved, we have habits and attitudes we don’t see that are not Christ-like. God refines these in us by the trials we go through. We are predestined to be conformed to Christ’s image.
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Trials help us so we can help others.
II Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
We are comforted in all our tribulations (long, hard trials) so we can comfort and help others.
In Isaiah 40:31, the Lord says, “they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Some facts about eagles:
• Eagles fly alone, not with the vultures and other birds.
• Eagles fly high in the sky, 10,000 to 15,000 feet (2-3 miles) and cruise at 65 miles per hour
• Eagles focus in on their prey from 2 miles up in the sky and
• Eagles zoom down for their prey at 150 miles per hour
• Eagles only eat fresh meat
• Eagles love storms and glide over the storm
We can learn from the eagles. We need God’s grace to glide through the storms of life. Just like the eagles, we need to stay focused on eating from the word of God every day. What we read yesterday in the Bible isn’t fresh for today. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, they had fresh manna for every day. They couldn’t keep leftovers (except for the Sabbath) or it would spoil.
If we don’t wait on God, we’re going to get into trouble. Samuel told Saul to wait seven days for him to come offer a sacrifice at Gilgal (I Samuel 13:7-14). Saul didn’t wait, but took things into his own hands and offered a sacrifice. God rejected Saul from being king because only the priest was supposed to offer sacrifice and he didn’t wait.
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they didn’t wait for God’s counsel but lusted for something other than manna. God gave their request but sent leanness to their soul (Psalm 106:13-14, Numbers 11:4-21).