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Strength from Weakness

December 6th, 2017

God’s Word in your spirit echoes His truth.

“As your days, so shall your strength be.”

Deuteronomy 33:25

My thoughts and comments today are about,
“Strength from Weakness.”

Most everyone has certain words, ideas, or convictions that shape and direct their journey, maybe from something they read or from someone’s advice or experience with which they identified. Such words become a fixed point, a North Star, from which you can navigate daily life.

Beware of the world’s noise and be suspect of the cacophony of its errant suppositions. Along your journey, when you are seeking and listening for God’s voice, He will speak a word to teach and guide you. God promised, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21 NIV. It is important that you give God opportunity, and critically important that you listen carefully and obey when He does.

Across my seasons of my life and circumstances, I have found God’s promises true and available exactly when I needed them most. Such a word from God, spoken into your spirit, instantly echoes with truth and becomes a fixed point from which you can then safely navigate the moment, confidently chart the course ahead, as well as mark the progress of your journey.

You must find a dynamic balance between those who feel a helpless paralysis, afraid to do anything or afraid of doing the wrong thing until God has spoken, or the presumptive casualness of others going full speed ahead while assuming God will just speak if and when He chooses. Either would be an uncomfortable extreme for me. I want to walk wisely according to the Word, while listening for the gentle voice of the Spirit to direct my steps and choices along the way. I want to live in such a way that I am always attentive to God, welcoming His voice and wisdom at all times, while living confidently in the moment.

Some years ago, my Mom suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was not expected to live through the night. God gave us another seven weeks with her before her death. The first week at the hospital was numbing and wearying for me, praying for her recovery but knowing that any hour might be her last. One night as I trudged home from the hospital exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, I felt God quietly whisper into my heart, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25. God’s Word in your spirit echoes His truth.

I was too tired to ask for such a word and not at all expecting it, but God spoke when and what I most needed to hear. I recognized the familiarity of those words from the Bible, and later looked up the verse, to find the added strength of the following words accompanying His promise, “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27. I cannot describe the strength, assurance, and comfort those simple words made at that moment, and in the several weeks that followed, and still to this day. When you feel most alone and without strength, you are neither alone nor without strength when God is with you.

I was glad that I had previously hidden God’s Word in my heart and recognized His promise from the Bible. Every night following, I went to bed knowing the sufficiency of God, and every morning I awakened confident of His abiding, daily supply of strength. These years later, I still walk each day in that gift from the Lord given to my heart. Like the manna God provided to Israel, they could gather only enough for each day. But His provision for each day was sufficient and exactly enough. Strength isn’t physically bankable. “To those who have no might, He increases strength . . But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary.” Read Isaiah 40:29-31.

There will be much about tomorrow that you cannot know now and may not understand then; but nothing that God does not know. When you know that His strength will be equal to each day’s responsibilities and necessities, you will live with anticipation and confidence. “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Read Proverbs 3:5-10 NIV. Our Father has promised, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in [your weakness].  With Paul, you can know that, “when I am weak, then I am strong.” Read 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

Today, I pray for you to recognize God’s voice amid the confusion of so much other noise.

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Weary Lives

November 9th, 2012

“Get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV.

Brokenness is a high price to pay for busyness.

My thoughts and comments today are about “weary lives.”

People live such hectic, relentless lives, expecting, even requiring that whatever they want should be available whenever they want. As Gayle and I drove to the window of a fast food restaurant one afternoon, I saw their sign, “Now open 24 hours for your convenience.” With sarcasm, I said to my wife, “Imagine how empty our lives would seem if we could not come in the middle of the night.” Our health, marriages, and families are paying the price for lives that never know when to rest.

God made life with pace and rhythm, establishing the night and the day to “separate the light from the darkness,” and ordaining seasons and times. See Genesis 1:18. God both observed and commanded the principle of Sabbath, a day of rest to follow six days of industry and activity, as well as a Sabbath of years for the land, and a Sabbath of Sabbath years called Jubilee. God considered this fundamental principle of rest important enough to be included among the Ten Commandments, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11. Sabbath rest was not given as one suggestion alongside nine commandments.

You are the most productive and efficient when you find the rhythm for which you are best suited. The weariness and worry of life may be saying, “Get some rest.” The spiritual emptiness and personal discontent in your heart could be telling you, “Get some rest.” Emotional and health problems might be your body’s way of saying, “Get some rest.” Strained marriages can be a relationship that is saying, “Get some rest.”

Brokenness is a high price to pay for busyness, whether in businesses, bodies, or families. Jesus gathered His disciples, “Come apart and rest awhile . . for there were many coming and going and they had no time . .” Mark 6:30-31. No time; no rest. I would paraphrase His words this way: come apart before you fall apart. The warning is clear; the wisdom unmistakable. A person’s impatience, crankiness, and lack of appreciation for life often flow from the tiredness of a too busy life.

Wisdom schedules some downtime. Many of us are wound too tight; tension takes its toll. Take time every day to let your thoughts wander without restraint; that’s when fresh ideas and creativity thrive. Let yourself feel refreshed; that’s when you enjoy relationships. Let your spirit commune with its Creator; that’s when you replenish your soul and truly know God. See Psalm 46:10.

Jesus invitation still stands, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest . . you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV. In Jesus alone, you find Sabbath rest for a weary soul. “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength . . they shall run and not be weary.” See Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV. When you make time for God first, you will have enough time for everything else for which you need time. “Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 NLT.

My prayer for you today is that you find time to be still and quiet of spirit.

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