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The First Week in February

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When we think of God’s power, what images come to mind? Maybe that word invokes scary images for us, or we picture a bunch of CEOs in power suits, or maybe a buff bodybuilder is the first thing we think about. Usually, power in this world is connected to strength, getting one’s way, and being in charge. But in today’s verses, we see that God’s power isn’t used to destroy God’s people; it isn’t used to scare them or smash them down. Instead, God uses God’s power to create, care, and sustain. What would the world look like if we all lived this way?

Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?

Wasn’t it announced to you

from the beginning?

Haven’t you understood

since the earth was founded?

22 God inhabits the earth’s horizon—

its inhabitants are like locusts—

stretches out the skies like a curtain

and spreads it out

like a tent for dwelling.

23 God makes dignitaries useless

and the earth’s judges into nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted,

scarcely sown,

scarcely is their shoot

rooted in the earth

when God breathes on them,

and they dry up;

the windstorm

carries them off like straw.

25 So to whom will you compare me,

and who is my equal?

says the holy one.

Power for the weary

26 Look up at the sky and consider:

Who created these?

The one who brings out

their attendants one by one,

summoning each of them by name.

Because of God’s great strength

and mighty power, not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, Jacob,

and declare, Israel,

“My way is hidden from the Lord,