Resources on Isaiah

Chapter 40

You can defeat depression!
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 3, 2018

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
 
—Isaiah 40:31
 
If you are feeling low today, God has a plan to help you defeat your depression!

First, God can refresh you. When Elijah was exhausted and emotionally drained, God provided refreshment. “And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again” (1 Kings 19:6).

God took care of Elijah’s physical needs—food and rest. Sometimes you need to withdraw physically, emotionally, and spiritually and be encouraged in the Lord.

Secondly, God rebuked Elijah. In verse 9, God asks, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Yes, God sent the earthquake and the fire. But in the end, God spoke to Elijah in “low whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).

You and I often want God to speak to us with spectacular events and situations. But God most often speaks in the still small voice of His Word.

And thirdly, God recommissioned Elijah. “And the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria” (1 Kings 19:15). God told Elijah that it was time to get back in the game!

Allow God to refresh you, and then reach out to someone else!

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The providence of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 3, 2018

Have you ever felt like God had you in “wait” training? Well, God puts a premium on patience and perseverance where you and I are concerned.

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Chapter 53

How can you break free from the grip of grief?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 4, 2018

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the aching emptiness of grief. Often the pain is beyond measure – an overwhelming and profound sadness that words can barely begin to describe.

If you’ve walked this dark valley, then I’m sure you can relate to these words from someone who found herself sinking under the pain of bereavement.

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21 ESV)

I’m sure these words are familiar to you. They were spoken to Jesus by His close friend Martha following the death of her dear brother, Lazarus. And they reveal to us the painful questions of a grieving heart...

            “I thought you loved me, Jesus.”

                        “Why didn’t you do something, Lord?”

                                    “Were you not able to answer my cry for help?”

Perhaps you recognize the cry of your own heart in Martha’s heartfelt plea. If so, then you need to cling to the promises of God that will pour healing balm on your wounds of grief.

Here are two truths to help heal your hurting heart:

First, God understands your pain even when you feel like no one could ever know what you’re going through. As Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”

Second, God will hold you firm even when you feel like you’re sinking in the storms of grief. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Friend, remember that God longs to lift you up – no matter how deep the abyss of pain seems to be. So cling to His Word. In...

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Chapter 6

Will you soar with eagles?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 30, 2018

I’ve discovered a couple of interesting things about eagles. For one thing, eagles don’t grovel in chicken coops. No! These marvelous birds were created to fly high.

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Got energy?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 24, 2018

How are you today? Full of energy and ready to go, or tired and ready for a nap?

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Chapter 45

Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.

     —Isaiah 45:22

 

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, no one is too far gone for Jesus. 

 

I think that statement’s important enough that it’s worth repeating: No one is too far gone for Jesus.  No one!  And there’s no better evidence of this than the woman that Jesus met at the well.

 

When Jesus meets this woman she has been used and abused.  She has been divorced five times and was living with her boyfriend.  She was a mess!  At least, she was a mess to the people around her.  Even so, Christ reached out to her with the living water of eternal life.  And her life was transformed instantly and eternally!

 

This woman…a woman who had been ravaged by regrets and failures and brokenness…this wasted, burned out woman…was made brand new because of the power of Jesus Christ which began to change her!  She wasn’t too far gone for the Lord Jesus!

 

And the application in your life and my life is clear.  No one around us…no matter how wasted, burned out, or strung out they may seem…is too far gone for Jesus Christ. 

 

And you know what else?  Neither are you!

 

In John 4:13, Jesus says, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever.  The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up...

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In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

—Isaiah 6:1

 

I’d like for you to think with me a moment about the glorious position of our holy God.

 

In today’s verse, Isaiah describes his vision of God when he saw the Lord sitting on the throne of the universe.

 

Now, Isaiah and the rest of the Israelites were deeply troubled because their earthly king, King Uzziah, was dead. They were grieved…and they were concerned about the future. Yet when Isaiah entered into the presence of the Lord, he realized that there was a greater One than any earthly king sitting upon the throne of the universe. His name is holy God, the Lord of Hosts! 

 

Like the Israelites, it’s easy to worry about the future…and wonder what’s gone wrong and what will happen next in our world.

 

But as believers in the Lord Jesus, we don’t have to wonder! We don’t have to wring our hands worrying, because we know that our God is sitting on the throne of the universe. Remember that there is no panic in heaven…only plans. God never walks up and down the streets of heaven wringing His hands wondering about what He’s going to do next. 

 

So no matter what’s going on in your world today…no matter how out-of-control things may seem…remember that God is still on His throne!

 

Today, it’s my prayer that you will get your mind off the earthly and temporary and...

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Chapter 50

But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

—Isaiah 50:7

What does a life of success God’s way produce? It produces a life of significance. A life of godly success is a life of true significance.

At the young age of 17, Joseph knew where he was going. God had given him a purpose in life…a purpose he pursued with all his heart. And so it is with the man or woman who lives a significant life.  They have a purpose and a reason to get up every day. They are enthusiastic about life!

As children of God, we have such a life as we’re on mission for Him! This is what a life of significance is all about.  And this sense of calling, this sense of compelling, this sense of purpose makes our life worth living. 

Is your life driven by a sense of direction every day? Is your life one that is filled with a reason to get up in the morning?

It’s my prayer today that you will attack the opportunities that God has put before you this day. Squeeze every moment out of the life that God has promised you! If you do, you will live a life that is truly successful…and significant.

A life of success is a life of significance!

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But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

—Isaiah 40:31

Today’s verse is a promise from God that I’ve put my trust in for many, many years. Because so often when we’re in a “wait” mode in life, it’s tempting to push Providence. Let me explain what I mean.

The word Providence isn’t a word we use much today, but you can think of it like “pro-video”…that God can see the future and what will happen in our lives. But not only can He see what’s going to happen, He’s leading us and working all things together for His glory and our good!

Perhaps today…

…You feel like you’ve been treated unfairly.

…That business deal you just knew would go through disappeared.

…That promotion you were expecting didn’t happen.

…Someone made a promise to you in marriage and didn’t keep that promise.

…You’ve prayed for your health or the health or someone you love and you’ve been given nothing but sickness.

…All the doors you desire to be open seem to have been shut!

And maybe you wonder, Where God is in the midst of my trials? How am I to respond?

If God has you in some “wait” training today, remember that He puts a premium on patience and perseverance. And know that adversity can produce possibilities that you could never imagine in your life! Wait on God and trust in Him today.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has...

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Chapter 7

Chapter 9

Mighty God
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 12, 2004