Isaiah 45:24 - Righteousness And Strength Are Found In The Lord.
Isa.45:24; Righteousness And Strength Are Found In The Lord.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Isa 45:24 (NIV) They will say of me, 'In the LORD alone are
righteousness and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him
and be put to shame.
Isa 45:24 (NLT) The people will declare, "The LORD is the
source of all my righteousness and strength." And all who were angry
with him will come to him and be ashamed.
Isa 45:24 (AMP) Only in the Lord shall one say, I have
righteousness (salvation and victory) and strength [to achieve]. To Him shall
all come who were incensed against Him, and they shall be ashamed.
[1 Cor 1:30,31.]
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
Judah's sovereign LORD intends good for His people (40:1-31).
God, not the idols worshiped by the nations, controls the future
(41:1-29). Though Israel failed its national calling as God's servant, One
from the nation will fulfill God's purpose (42:1-25) when the Creator
acts to redeem His chosen people (43:1-44:25). As evidence, God will
appoint one named Cyrus to restore Jerusalem (v. 26-45:25). Oppressive
Babylon will be crushed, and God's word of blessing for Israel will be
fulfilled (46:1-48:22). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Isa. 45:1-25. "I will raise up Cyrus"
One of the basic sources of comfort for the believer is the
conviction that God is in complete control of events.
The theme is illustrated by God's act in naming Cyrus, long
before his birth, and announcing that Cyrus will be given a "title of
honor, though you do not acknowledge Me" (vv. 1-7). Whether or not the
great ones of our present world honor God, He alone is the source of
their existence and position.
The theme is demonstrated by Creation. The universe knows only
one all-powerful Being, who "made the earth and created mankind upon
it" (vv. 8-17). Surely the Creator has full power to mold those who
are works of His hands into whatever form He chooses.
The theme is confirmed by God's unique self-existence. In a
universe in which men worship idols, there is "none but Me" who is able
to save, who utters a word "that will not be revoked," and who will
ultimately receive the homage of all (vv. 18-25).
God is in control of world events--and of the days of our lives.
Because He is, and because the LORD is "a righteous God and a Saviour"
(v. 21), we face the future with confidence and hope. [The 365-Day
God's Supreme Power
The Lord, the Only Savior (45:14-25)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
2 Cor. 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who
knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Cor. 12:9-10 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power
of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in
infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses
for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Philip. 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
No man can be righteous without Christ, for of ourselves we have
no righteousness (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 7:18). For a righteousness
character we are wholly and completely dependent upon Him. [SDA
All who have a sense of their deep soul poverty, who feel that
they have nothing good in themselves, may find righteousness and
strength by looking unto Jesus. He says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor
and are heavy-laden." Matthew 11:28. He bids you exchange your
poverty for the riches of His grace. We are not worthy of God's love,
but Christ , our surety, is worthy, and is abundantly able to save
all who shall come unto Him. Whatever may have been your past
experience, however discouraging your present circumstances, if you will
come to Jesus just as you are, weak, helpless, and despairing, our
compassionate Saviour will meet you a great way off, and will throw about you
His arms of love and His robe of righteousness. MB8,9
Of everyone He expects loyalty, and to everyone He grants power
according to the need. In his own strength man is strengthless; but in the
might of God he may be strong to overcome evil and to help others to
overcome. Satan can never gain advantage of him who makes God his defense.
"Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength."
Isaiah 45:24. Fellow Christian, Satan knows your weakness; therefore
cling to Jesus. Abiding in God's love, you may stand every test. The
righteousness of Christ alone can give you power to stem the tide of evil that
is sweeping over the world. Bring faith into your experience. Faith
lightens every burden, relieves every weariness. Providences that are now
mysterious you may solve by continued trust in God. Walk by faith in the
path He marks out. Trials will come, but go forward. This will
strengthen your faith and fit you for service. The records of sacred
history are written, not merely that we may read and wonder, but that
the same faith which wrought in God's servants of old may work in
us. In no less marked manner will the Lord work now, wherever there
are hearts of faith to be channels of His power. PK175
Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible,
than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on God.