Preparing for a church leaders meeting yesterday I had this verse going around in my head:
“Do you not know, have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” – Isaiah 40:28
And I found myself stuck on that insight that God is the creator of the ends of the earth.
Now we all know that the earth is round and doesn’t have a physical ‘end’ but there’s lots of places where the land runs out and the oceans begin. Those places are like the ‘ends of the earth’.
We can reach those places in life too – where it’s like we’ve used up all our energy and strength, and we’ve reached the very end of all that we can do ourselves. We come to the end of our earth.
Often, in those moments, we blame ourselves for perhaps taking a wrong turn, or not hearing the voice of God right. But has it ever occurred to us that God Himself is the ‘Creator of the ends of the earth’?
In a way, it means that there are times in our lives where God ordains the land to run out. Where we come to the end of what is naturally possible and we can’t go any further in our own strength or wisdom. But He hasn’t created the ‘ends’ to frustrate us or to box us in – but rather, to give us the moment to shift into another gear.
Chapter 40 of Isaiah ends with these words…
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles [….]
God ordains places where the land runs out in our lives… because it’s time to fly!
Maybe you’re at earth’s end today – you’re tired and weary, and ready to give up. But you don’t have to stop. You don’t have to retrace your steps. You just have to get into that place where you wait on the Lord. He will give you strength and help you make the transition. Nothing can stop you when you’re powered with His strength