"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, forI am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isa 41:10). "'For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,'  declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel" (Isa 41:13-14).

Theme: Fear paralyzes. God empowers.

Recap: What can we learn from last week's sermon, People Who Fly? (Isa 40:31) What does it mean to wait, trust and hope in the Lord? These are some thoughts and reflections regarding WAITING on the Lord:

  1. There is NO QUICK FIX, yet we never become stale, stagnent, staggering, sick or stuck.
  2. There is freedom and quiet confidence, whether we are flying, running or walking. "It's easy to fly with the eagles. It's easy to run with the champions. But to walk with the turkeys is hard!"
  3. There is security and stability.
  4. LET GOD BE GOD and not play God over our lives and the lives of others.

“Tell us, you idols, what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come, tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods" (Isa 41:22-23a).

Theme: An idol is anything that you like and depend on more than God. Idolatry is every man's default. Fear leads to the making and depending on idols who can never save us. The proof that God and God alone is Lord of the historical process is that he announces beforehad what will happen, and then brings it to pass, which is something that an idol can never do.

In 41:21-29 God/Isaiah present their case against the idols. This occurs 5 times between ch. 41 to 46.

(Isaiah 42) "He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice" (Isa 42:2-3).

Theme: The primary failure and weakness of Christian leaders is the failure to truly be a servant, to be unassuming, gentle and humble, especially when angry and upset or when someone ruffles their feathers or messes with their hair. No one can do what God expects, yet no one is excused from not doing so. One who imposes his way on others is not displaying the way of Christ (Mt 12:17-21; Phil 2:7-8), the ultimate Servant who does not lord over others.

Meek and mighty. The Servant is gentle yet powerful. But usually when people are gentle they are not powerful; when they are powerful they are not gentle. One of the easiest things for a leader to do is to intimidate, coerce, scare, guilt-trip, pull rank and lord over others. However, Amy Carmichael said...

“For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.”