Isaiah 49:23b - Those Who Put Their Hope In God & Wait For His Help Will Not Be Disappointed

Isa.49:23b; Those Who Put Their Hope In God And Wait For His 
Help Will Not Be Disappointed. 

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Isaiah 49:23b (KJV)  they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Isaiah 49:23b (NIV)  I am the LORD; those who hope in me will 
not be disappointed." 

Isaiah 49:23b (AMP)  I am the Lord; for they shall not be put to 
shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me. 

Isaiah 49:23b (CWR)  I am the Lord and that those who put their 
hope in me and wait for my help will not be disappointed." 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

The commission of the failed servant nation (49:1-4) is taken up 
by an Individual who will redeem and restore Israel (vv. 5-26). 
Equipped by Yahweh, this Servant will rely fully on the LORD (50:1-11). 
God will redeem Israel, as He cared for her in the past 
(51:1-52:12). But this will be accomplished only by the Suffering Servant's 
death (v. 13-53:12). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

A Light for the Nations  (49:1-26)
The Restoration of Israel  (49:8-26)
The joyful homecoming  (49:8-26)
The LORD Has Not Forgotten Israel

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

1 Peter 2:6 (NLT)  As the Scriptures express it, "I am placing a 
stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in 
him will never be disappointed." 

Romans 10:11 (KJV)  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth 
on him shall not be ashamed.  

Psalm 34:22 (NASB)  The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, 
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. 

Psalm 25:3 (KJV)  Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: 
let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.  

Romans 5:5 (KJV)  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love 
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is 
given unto us.  

Isaiah 25:9 (KJV)  And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is 
our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the 
Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his 

Isaiah 64:4 (KJV)  For since the beginning of the world men have 
not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O 
God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

49:22-26  Israel's story and the story of world redemption are 
inseparably intertwined. God delivered Israel again and again that He might 
in the end deliver all peoples. He wants to introduce His name to 
all nations and let all humans experience Him as Savior and 
Redeemer. God saves His children from seemingly impossible situations to 
reveal Himself to the nations. [Disciple SB] 

49:14-26  Here the Lord encourages His people who will be in 
captivity. He has not forgotten them (vv. 14-18); He will restore them to 
their land (vv. 19-23) and punish their enemies (vv. 24-26). The 
return of such a large group described in verses 19-21 must look beyond 
the relatively small group that returned from Babylon to the second 
coming of Christ (Matt. 24:31). [Ryrie SB] 

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen 
thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psa 27:14 (KJV) 

Wait on thee implies that we look to God for directions and for 
grace to follow. [SDA Commentary re Psa.25:3] 

These are strange words to try and apply to our lives in the 
'90s!  No one waits for anything or anyone!  We are all in the fast 
lane doing our own thing! To wait upon Him takes strength and 
courage: strength of character to "will" to wait, and courage to do what 
others do not. To do something that has eternal significance, it must 
be done through the power of the Holy Spirit, not logic or emotion. 
 To move out in service of any kind, and do it in the flesh will 
profit us nothing. When we come to understand that His ways are not our 
ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, it will become easier to 
wait for the Lord. Have you experienced times in your own life when 
you should have waited for the Lord and didn't?  Did you learn the 
lesson well, or will you have to suffer again?  Most of us will not 
come to an understanding of this vital truth without many failures.  
But be encouraged to keep on trying, and WAIT FOR THE LORD!  [In His 
Time; Walk With Wisdom re Psa.27:14] 

Waiting for God is not easy. Often it seems that he isn't 
answering our prayers or doesn't understand the urgency of our situation. 
That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not 
fair. But God is worth waiting for. Lamentations 3:24-26 calls us to 
hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses waiting to 
refresh, renew, and teach us. Make good use of your waiting times by 
discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them. [Life Application 
SB re Psa.27:14] 

It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures 
which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. 
Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God's warriors than 
standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing 
spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to 
take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in 
cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption? 
No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and 
spread the case before him; tell him your difficulty, and plead his 
promise of aid. In dilemmas between one duty and another, it is sweet to 
be humble as a child, and wait with simplicity of soul upon the 
Lord. It is sure to be well with us when we feel and know our own 
folly, and are heartily willing to be guided by the will of God. But 
wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in him; for 
unfaithful, untrusting waiting, is but an insult to the Lord. Believe that 
if he keep you tarrying even till midnight, yet he will come at the 
right time; the vision shall come and shall not tarry. Wait in quiet 
patience, not rebelling because you are under the affliction, but blessing 
your God for it. Never murmur against the second cause, as the 
children of Israel did against Moses; never wish you could go back to the 
world again, but accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, 
simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand 
of your covenant God, saying, "Now, Lord, not my will, but thine be 
done. I know not what to do; I am brought to extremities, but I will 
wait until thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive back my foes. I 
will wait, if thou keep me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon 
thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for thee in the full 
conviction that thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my 
strong tower." [Spurgeon, Charles H., Morning and Evening re 

Remember that prayer is the source of your strength.  A worker 
cannot gain success while he hurries through his prayers and rushes 
away to look after something that he fears may be neglected or 
forgotten.  He gives only a few hurried thoughts to God; he does not take 
time to think, to pray, to wait upon the Lord for a renewal of 
physical and spiritual strength.  He soon becomes weary. He does not feel 
the uplifting, inspiring influence of God's Spirit.  He is not 
quickened by fresh life.  His jaded frame and tired brain are not soothed 
by personal contact with Christ.  7T243 re Psa.27:14 

Keep close to God and to your duty. Wait on the Lord by faith, 
and prayer, and a humble resignation to his will; wait, I say, on 
the Lord; whatever you do, grow not remiss in your attendance upon 
God. Keep up your spirits in the midst of the greatest dangers and 
difficulties: Be of good courage; let your hearts be fixed, trusting in God, 
and your minds stayed upon him, and then let none of these things 
move you. Those that wait upon the Lord have reason to be of good 
courage. (Matthew Henry's Commentary re Psa.27:14) 

Jesus says, "Abide in Me." These words convey the idea of rest, 
stability, confidence. Again He invites,"Come unto Me, . . . and I will 
give you rest." Matthew 11:28. The words of the psalmist express the 
same thought: "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." And 
Isaiah gives the assurance, "In quietness and in confidence shall be 
your strength." Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 30:15. This rest is not found in 
inactivity; for in the Saviour's invitation the promise of rest is united 
with the call to labor: "Take My yoke upon you: . . . and ye shall 
find rest." Matthew 11:29. The heart that rests most fully upon 
Christ will be most earnest and active in labor for Him.   
When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, 
the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort 
to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent 
the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of 
the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of 
others, or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he 
will seek to divert the mind. Do not be misled by his devices. Many 
who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too 
often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by 
separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. We should not 
make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we 
shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our 
strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk 
and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; 
dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, "I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for 
me." Galatians 2:20. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you 
have committed to Him. If you will leave yourself in His hands, He 
will bring you off more than conqueror through Him that has loved 
you.  {SC 71 re Psa.37:7} 

Hagar bore Abraham his first son, Ishmael, founding the 
Ishamaelite and Arab peoples.  This occurred because Sarah ran ahead of God, 
trying to fulfill what was promised - an heir.  But our God is a 
sovereign God. There are practical lessons to be learned from Sarah and 
Hagar: it is foolish to act hastily in times of trial and difficulty; 
it is prudent to watch for God's care over the lonely; it is clear 
that there is Divine purpose in the life of everyone, no matter how 
obscure or friendless; and in the midst of hardship and trouble, God 
brings strength, comfort, and encouragement. Are you growing weary of 
waiting on God? Don't fall to the temptation of Sarah, running ahead of 
God and creating trouble. Make a new decision to wait on the Lord 
today, He is faithful and will not let you down. [In His Time; Walk 
With Wisdom re Gen.16:1,2] 

One of God's Great "Don'ts": "Do not fret--it only causes harm" 
(Psalm 37:8). Fretting means getting ourselves "out of joint" mentally 
or spiritually. It is one thing to say, "Do not fret," but 
something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself 
unable to fret. It's easy to say, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently 
for Him" (37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and 
we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other 
people. Is it possible to "rest in the Lord" then? If this "Do not" 
doesn't work there, then it will not work anywhere. This "Do not" must 
work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our 
peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your 
particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is 
not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your 
relationship with God Himself. 
Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little 
anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, 
yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we 
are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our 
Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was 
never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God's plans. Fretting 
is wickedness for a child of God. 
Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the 
idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all 
your opinions and speculations aside and "abide under the shadow of 
the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not 
fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is 
caused by planning without God. [My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald 
Chambers re Psa.37:7] 

E. Stanley Jones tells the story of a missionary who became lost 
in an African jungle. Looking around, he saw nothing but bush and a 
few clearings. He stumbled about until he finally came across a 
native hut. He asked one of the natives if he could lead him out of the 
jungle and back to the mission station. The native agreed to help him. 
"Thank you!" exclaimed the missionary. "Which way do I go?" The 
native replied, "Walk." And so they did, hacking their way through the 
unmarked jungle for more than an hour. 
Pausing to rest, the missionary looked around and had the same 
overwhelming sense that he was lost. All he saw was bush, and a few 
clearings. "Are you quite sure this is the way?" he asked. "I don't see any 
The native looked at him and replied, "Bwana, in this place 
there is no path. I am the path." 
When we have no clues, we must remember that God Who guides us 
is omniscient--all wise. When we run out of time, we must remember 
that God is omnipresent--all time is in His hand. When we are weak, we 
must remember that God is omnipotent--all power belongs to Him. [God's 
Little Devotional Bible re Psa.25:4]