We are not powerful. When we look at the world around us, at God’s creation. It is clear, we are no match. Tonight the Bible opened to Isaiah:
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives power to the faint, abundant strength to the weak. Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
Texas and Louisiana are struggling from Hurricane Harvey. There are many who may be feeling weak or weary as the rain continues to fall. And there are many others throughout the country and throughout the world are struggling with their own battles and tragedies. When a large tragedy occurs there are many calls to reach out to help with money and supplies. Celebrities get involved and it seems that everyone bands together to help. They need our help. But money and earthly goods are not enough and it is not enough to only reach out when the tragedy is large. Whether it is victims of a massive destruction, a single fire or a drug addiction, they all need our help. They all need our prayers and reminders that God is there. God does not grow faint or weary. He continues to walk beside us, no matter how far we walk, no matter how deep the water we find ourselves in. He gives us power and strength, when we ask, when we believe, when we have faith. As Isaiah tells us: They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
This chapter of Isaiah starts with these words:
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
God’s people need comfort. Human comfort. Human evidence of God’s love. We may not be able to save everyone or make anything physically better, but we can remind those who are suffering that God will give strength, that God loves us, that God does not grow weary. We can bring comfort.
Isaiah goes further:
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made low; The rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Harvey is creating a wasteland. Where does God work better than with those in need. Straight through the destruction is a highway for God where God’s glory will be revealed. I often see God more clearly in my darkest days, in my tragedies, in my sorrow. It is what we make of our tragedies. Let’s make a highway, a fast lane, a fast pass straight to God. Let’s turn our fear into faith, our pain into joy. God gives us strength. He gives us comfort. No matter the destruction or earthly devastation there is a pathway to God and when things seem at their worst, it is a highway, a fast pass. Because every struggle has an end date, we just need God’s help to not grow weary. We need our faith to keep us strong. Through every storm, eventually the sun will shine. And we will see it brighter than we did before. We will rejoice in it. For the glory of God is forever.
Help those who are struggling tonight. Help them feel your comfort, help them know your love. Help us all make a highway to you.