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Why do you say such a thing?

From time to time, we need to confront our soul with this question and bring it to hear God’s answer.

In Isaiah 40, such a question erupted from the mouth of a nation wearied by its own sin, battered and bruised by the consequences of those sins, and laid low by the chastisement of God for those sins.

Then…out of darkness, came a clarion call to “Behold Your God!”

Look! See! Hear! Hope! Understand!

And do this intentionally and persistently until your eyes see again what you have forgotten – that He alone is God and there are no other gods!

Look until your eyes love again what they see anew. Look fiercely so that you will not turn away your eyes and lead your hearts astray.

But in this passage comes another voice, also speaking about looking and beholding.

Verse 27 speaks of Jacob the trespasser, who has looked at his trespasses and is looking at God…but is fairly convinced that God is not beholding or looking at him.

“Why does my path seem hidden and forgotten by God? Why does the good I do and the right I am striving for seem disregarded by Him? Have I wearied Him so long and so greatly that His eye has turned away forever?”

“Will He forget what I can’t help but remember – my plight?”

“Will he remember what I wish I could forget – my transgression?”

All of us have found ourselves in Jacob’s sandals, wondering if God would remember because we are afraid he won’t forget. How often have we lived in this hopeless place, hearing words of life but failing to see the hope of light?

To such believers in such a place come these words – “Have you not known? Have you not heard?”

Yahweh is the everlasting God, Creator of it all! He does not weary or tire. He does not grow faint. And He knows everything always.

He gives His strength to people who are worn and weary. His power to people in spite of what He knows about them – or rather, because of what He knows about them: that they are His people.

And this strength enables them and renews them in a supernatural way with beyond-natural human endurance so that when the youths have fainted and the young strong men have fallen in exhaustion, these people will have strength to RUN!

Lord, grant such strength in this new year!

Sam Horn

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Dr. Sam Horn is the EVP for enrollment and ministerial advancement at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Prior to BJU, Sam served at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University, and various churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Sam and Beth have two children – a son in college and a daughter in middle school.