According to the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of less than one glass of water. That amount of water is divided into about 60 billion tiny droplets. Yet when those minute particles settle over a city or the countryside, they can almost blot out everything from your sight.
Many Christians today live their lives in a fog. We allow a cupful of troubles to cloud our vision and dampen their spirit. Anxiety, bills to pay, and heartache strangle our thoughts. Our lives are being “choked by the cares of this world” (Luke 8;14).
In his book, the prophet Isaiah prophesied that far in the future, Judah will be destroyed and exiled to Babylon. He also prophesied that they will be discouraged and think that God does not care about their pleas anymore. They will say “my way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God” (vs. 27).
Seeing the greatness of Babylonia who exiled them and then the Persians who conquered Babylon, the exiled Jews might even lose their faith in God. Isaiah said, “Before Him, all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing. With whom, then will you compare God? To what image will you liken Him?” (Isaiah 40:17-18).
God knew this discouragement will happen to them. He announced ahead of time that everything is according to His plan. Isaiah 40-48 is God’s declaration that the exiled Jews to Babylon and the fall of Babylon by the Persians is part of that plan. He is showing that He is the true King of history.
Many times, we also think that our problems are too small for God to care about. However, there is nothing too small or too big for our God. Everything happens according to His perfect will.
What should we do then? We should bring our request by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to our God (Phil 4:6) and surrender to the LORD. Our hope in Him will keep us going even when we are weary (Is. 40:31) because we know the One in whom we have put our trust is faithful and everything is in His control.
Nov. 20, 2022