When I was a young boy, my father was in the military. He went “to the field” a lot – that means he would be gone for days (sometimes weeks) at a time practicing for war.
When he was gone, life was different. We stayed home more, did fewer fun things, and could not play with Dad.
Even now, thinking back, I can remember the amazing joy and excitement that would flood over me when I heard mom yell, “Dad’s home!”
I would stop whatever I was doing – even if I was using the bathroom – and run out to jump into Dad’s arms, hug him tight, and then tell him all about what I did while he was gone.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)
In exile for so long, there is no doubt that sometimes it must have felt as if God had abandoned His chosen people. Having been carried away to Babylon by their conquerors, the dispersed Israelites must have struggled with hopelessness and weariness. I can imagine how they must have lamented over their situation. Here the prophet reminds them that God is everlasting and never tires!
Are you feeling like you are far from home, far from joy? Have you not heard? God is everlasting, the creator of all, and He is coming!