Meditation for 07/03/2019
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Disciples find God’s strength in their times of weakness. Those who trust in God with expectancy find power to accomplish His purposes. Paul had that kind of faith. He boasted of his won weakness in order to experience Christ’s power. Acknowledge weakness is the first step in receiving God’s enabling power.
Those who feel strong in themselves do not reach out with expectancy for God’s power. In our sense of weakness and need God has opportunity to strengthen us. When we receive God’s strength, we soar like eagles and therefore run like champions on God’s mission.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, Your Word gives us wisdom, understanding and a greater sense of just how powerful You truly are. Whether we admit our frailty compared to You, it is the first thing that we must do, in order to receive Your gift of strength to do the things You will enable us to do on Your behalf. We are weak, but You are strong, Abba, You are wise and we know so much less than You do, but we humble ourselves before You, that we might share in Your power to affect the world around us. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Hurting people need comfort and care, not just sermons.”
“But now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong all you people of he land, declares the Lord, and work. For I am with you, declares the Lord Almighty. This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.” (Haggai 2:4-5)
Beloved, God promised His enabling power to Zerubbabel and to all the people for the work hey were to do. He assured them His Spirit would be with them. Then He sent them to work on the Temple. We can claim those same precious promises. We need also to find the task God wants to enable us to do. God’s power is given not for personal satisfaction and pride but for the accomplishment of His mission.
Discipleship, Enabling Power: (Ephesians 3:16)
Inner moral power is necessary for obedient discipleship. The Holy Spirit provides the dynamic power we need for living victoriously, not my our might, but by God’s power alone.
Second Thought of the Day:
“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:10-13)
My beloved, discipleship does not depend on our situation. Material resources do not provide the power a needs. Only Christ Jesus can provide the strength needed to do everything God wants done.
Paul was able to face all kinds of circumstances with contentment because he expected Christ to provide the strength required. Such strong faith qualifies a disciple for big and difficult tasks.