Renewed Strength

Isaiah 40:1-31

Isaiah is addressing this letter to the people of Israel. Before they were even in captivity. He gives strength to the weary, and gives power to the week.
He gently leads those who have young.

There is no possibility of us as humans holding the moon and stars and heavenly bodies in their course, but God can do it, and he does!

There are days when we are just busy. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. There are so many things to take your time and energy.

It is natural to wonder how am I going to do “this” how am I going to keep on putting one foot in front of another.

Perhaps you’re a student.

Perhaps you’re on the mission field.

Perhaps you just got married.

Not matter where we are we have thoughts that go through our minds, not just about the grass being greener elsewhere, but also questions about whether we’ve made the correct decisions or not.

Satan loves to work on these feelings and thoughts, he loves to make us feel like we aren’t on course.

God knows and he understands. Responding in these moments has less to do with what we can do and more to do with who God is and what he can do.

We all have expectations. We go into things thinking one thing will happen and another thing happens. This is life. Sometimes our expectations are low at times and God gives us a blessing that we weren’t looking for.

Acknowledge our Weakness

Isaiah 40:6 – Every man shares the same physical reality, we will all die. The grass withers and the flower falls.

At the end of the day, even if we are living godly lives our “goodness” is “as filthy rags.”

In and of ourselves we are not able to reach the realities that we want to reach. We aren’t able to stay away from the depths that we are drawn to.

We need to acknowledge our weakness.

Embrace the Shepherd

There are many ways that we can face the reality that we are weak, that we are mortal.

Turning to and embracing God and recognizing that his word is sure, that he is eternal, that he is all powerful. This is the only correct response to this understanding and acceptance that we are mortal, weak, human beings.

Job said, “though he slay me… yet will I praise him” This is a testimony of one who embraces what God has for him.

Our God is a shepherd. He gently leads those with young.

Invest in your Relationship with God

James 1:17 – There is no variation and no turning from God. As we learn to adore and appreciate God we can start to see how poor the offer of the world becomes.

We are all human. We all have this in common. We will all be faced with weariness, with weakness.

We are all blessed with a great and gracious God and Savior.

A reminder to all of us. Most battles are won inch by inch. Foothold by foothold. It is often hard to see the blessings we have even in the midst of our hardships.

Only God can bring us through. It is only by embracing and walking with God that we can be victorious.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the creator. He will not grow tired. He will not grow weary. His wisdom, knowledge and knowledge are unfathomable. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.

This isn’t something that happens once in our lives, he will be there to renew us often.

Let us turn our hearts heavenward. The Lord is the everlasting God.