“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.”
It’s hard enough to admit that we need God; yet, what’s even harder is to “live” like we need Him. Successes in life can cripple us spiritually when we begin to view ourselves as self-sufficient. When we rely on our money, talent, family, or hard work to fix everyday problems, we can come to think or feel that we don’t need God …..
Ask the people of Israel about this brand of pride. They had just received news that they were going to suffer incredible consequences as a discipline from God. Their crime? They forgot who He was. They lost all sense of how great God is and how much they needed Him. His presence demanded awe and they yawned. For multiple generations, they had rebelliously, willfully, even happily done their own thing — and God said, in essence, “Enough!”
Facing doom; Isaiah’s audience cried out for the Lord. Isaiah answered with a moving description of God’s awesome, unchanging nature. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard” (Translation: Didn’t you get the memo?) “The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?”
God is not like us. He’s everlasting; we have short, finite life spans. He never gets tired; we range from drowsy to sleep deprived. He never feels overwhelmed; we are drowning in demands.”His understanding is unsearchable”; our thought processes are transparent and predictable, at best ….
God is so beyond us, and we need Him. The good news is He delivers exactly what we’re desperate for in our weakest moments.“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Basically, when your battery runs low, God offers power. When you are weak, He dispenses His strength …..
Yet, some claim they don’t need the Lord — they have their “own program”…. “I have my act together. With a career plan and solid education, I’m heading in a good direction. My future’s bright.” …. “My education is going to give me all I need.” They may not say they don’t need God, but they live like it … If that’s you, surrender your pride before He brings you low. Bow willingly before God now. Don’t wait for Him to force you to your knees ….
Like Isaiah’s original audience, we live in decadent days among people who disdain and dilute God’s awesome character. Followers of Christ face a similar choice: flirt with your perceived self-sufficiency until disaster comes, or admit your desperation without Him now and seek Him while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6).
When trouble comes, do you rely on yourself or depend on God? Do you take matters into your own hands or wait for God’s provision in His timing?
Literally everyone needs the Lord. The sooner you learn this, the more you will experience His power and strength. And let us not miss the ending of this chapter; the most beautiful promise that most all of us probably know: “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.” (vs. 30-31).
Self-sufficiency is sneaky. When you face a problem, what are you tempted to rely on to fix it with (such as your money, your charm, your skills)? Do you openly admit you need God? How do you “live” like it?
Let us pray ~
Lord God, I do need You. I confess that sometimes I pretend that I can manage on my own, and I try to hold my life together with my own energy and talents. Often I depend and rely on others to meet my needs instead of waiting on You. Please forgive me for the sin of self-sufficiency, and help me to replace it with utter dependance upon You. When I face problems today; help me to turn first to You and to wait on Your timing. Help me not to manipulate or force my own agenda, or to go off making any decisions without coming to You first in prayer, and laying my problems, my dilemma, my needs, or my decisions before You. I will choose to wait upon Your answer and Your blessings. Thank You Lord for loving me and being so patient. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.