Scripture Devotion

Lift Your Eyes

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Walk with me through Isaiah 40:21-27

Isaiah 40:21 says “do you not know, have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood since the earth was founded”

Stick with me for a minute, I’m getting somewhere … this isn’t a discussion on the creation … but I wonder if when Adam was, Oh say 50 or 60 in his “days on the earth” if when he told the creation story, did people say “wait a minute, you are 50? You look about 75 or 80”.  Did they say, “if you were born on the 6th day of creation, the world has to be older than you are saying cause YOU LOOK older than that.

Well the easy answer is that Adam was created full grown, in his prime, perhaps 25 or 30 in appearance.  Now, I don’t think Adam got that question, because they had been told from the beginning.  They knew.

But you know we get “older and smarter” and we think we know better than what we have been told from the beginning.  They say the “rocks” appear to be billions of years old that light from space is billions of years out there, or MAYBE, could it be that they were created full grown, just like Adam?

Doesn’t the Artist’s painting look like it has always been here?  But it didn’t, it had a moment of creation, the act of painting when finished is full grown.

v22 “He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth … people are like grasshoppers, He stretches out the heavens like a canopy”

God is STILL on the his throne, regardless if we get too smart to obey him or even believe in him.  The artist still created the art even if we decide someone else did it or if we believe it was a miraculous self starting “evolved”piece of art.

v23 “he brings princes to naught … rulers … to nothing”

God is still ruler regardless of the occupant of the earthly kingdoms, regardless of the latest potentate, God is Prior and more Powerful and the Portent of all things.

v25 “to whom will you compare me or who is my equal?”

I know no other like our God … There is none like him

SO, Said all of that to say this:

v26 “Lift your eyes and look to the Heavens.”

Oh it is easy to be myopic.  To look at my life or world affairs and think, “this is out of hand”.  “Who created this?” “Is God really in charge?”  Yet Romans 13 teaches that God ordains all authority and yet I look through my little lenses and wonder “How can this be?”
Lift your eyes, look up, look to the heavens.  Don’t focus just on what is in front of you.  The Sun “came up” this morning, we say, the moon “rose”.  Yet even that is myopic because the greater truth is that they don’t “come up” nor “go down” but the Sun is a fixed object in the heavens and we move around it, spinning dizzily creating day and night.  The moon’s gravity pulls on our oceans and waves rise and fall

Look up … “who created all this?” – If those are fixed objects, then outside of our universe is a God who is himself FIXED, He is on the throne of the universe and will not be moved.  He is the Unmovable Mover, He is the Uncaused Caused, the Uncreated Creator of all things.
The One who brings out the stars and calls them by name, He is there, Look up.  v26b “because of power, not one of them is missing”

Lift your eyes, look to the heavens.  When you look at the heavens He created you will look to Heaven for your Creator and Sustainer.

v27 “Why do you complain … (saying) ‘my way is hidden from the Lord, my cause is disregarded by my God.'”

Oh child, you are not hidden from Him, He sees you, he knows how many hairs are on your head.  He knows when one sparrow falls and you are worth far more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7)

Lift your eyes

He will not disregard you … Oh He has great regard for you.  He so regarded you that he gave His son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)

The flower fades, the grass withers, the mountains crumble, but we can have eternal life.  YES He regards you. “this is how we know what love IS, Jesus laid down his life for us”(1 John 3:16)

Sometimes our “cause” may not be right or just, it may not follow God’s plans but He has not forgotten you nor forsaken you, because He said  “I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you”(Hebrews 13:5)  That verse is in a double and triple negative which in the original language doesn’t turn it into a positive it further strengthens as he is saying I will “not never”, “no not never” leave or forsake you.

Lift your eyes, Look to the heavens.

God is foxed on the throne, so don’t let your limited view, your incomplete understanding, your jaded knowledge cause you to doubt a fixed God who is Sovereign and Enthroned on High with no equal.

Lift your eyes and say “yes Lord I will continue to look up and trust you”

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