IMAGINE what GOD will DO for those who WAIT upon HIM! "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him." (Isaiah 64:4)
The prayer that prophet Isaiah had begun in 63:15 with invocation and supplication now turns into confession of the greatness of God in 64:4. He makes this confession after imploring God to tear apart the heavens and come down by manifesting His great power and glory before His enemies. Isaiah recalls many previous interventions where Jehovah God had truly showed His greatness for His people who had waited for Him. In fact, God had shown His favor to those who had delighted in practical righteousness, walked in godly ways and had trusted Him deeply enough to wait for Him!
The above referenced verse gives the reasons why Isaiah implores God to come down and pronounce judgment on the earth. God will act for the one who waits for Him. It is through our natural senses - hearing, perceiving and seeing - that we can visualize and comprehend the works of God on behalf of those who wait for Him. Truly, there is no God like Jehovah God (Isa. 43:11; Deut. 4:35) who has created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1), and He loves to act on behalf of His children who put their trust on Him alone.
It is Apostle Paul who quotes this verse (64:4) and attempts to connect the missing links through this statement: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). Paul employs the language of Isaiah 64:4 in order to demonstrate that the wisdom of God is not of human origin, but from the Spirit of God that He has imparted on His children. The Holy Spirit is the One who unfolds God’s revelation of His knowledge to humans, who cannot help but become astonished at the wonder of the works of God!
Thus, Paul alludes to this verse (64:4) to support another fact that sinful humans are ignorant of what God has accomplished for His children through His Son Jesus Christ. God had treasured up wonderful truths which cannot be discovered by the natural senses, but in due time, He would reveal to those who love Him. The three listed faculties (eye and ear and heart/mind) are the means through which we learn earthly things. However, human reasoning and natural perception is totally inadequate to find the truth of God, which can be found only through divine perception by His Spirit!
The spiritual application for us today is that we cannot even imagine what God will do for and behalf of those who wait upon Him! It is possible that we will attempt to interpret events in our lives using our human reasoning, experience and natural perception. However, we should be aware that God has planned some things that are beyond our thinking and understanding (see Isa. 55:9). When we read God’s Word and let His Spirit teach us the hidden mysteries in His Word (see 2 Pet. 1:19–21), we can find out the wonderful things that God has already accomplished and will continue to accomplish for us as we trust and obey Him.
Today, we are truly rich in Jesus Christ with all the spiritual blessings that He has endowed upon us (Eph. 1:3, 7, 18; 2:7; 3:8, 16). Can we join with the psalmist in lifting our eyes unto God today and waiting for Him to act on our behalf?