“He gives rest 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.” (Isaiah40:29–31)
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 this kind of faith. He boasted of his own weakness in order to experience Christ’s power. Acknowledged weakness is he 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 run like champions on God’s mission. We then give God the glory for all He accomplishes through us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, it is important that we come to a clear understanding that we don’t try to accomplish Your purposes on our own, but to recognize the weaknesses we have and the need for You to work through us to accomplish Your purposes. By giving You the glory, we are also recognizing that Your power working through us achieves so much more than we can do on our own. By acknowledging our weaknesses, we also strengthen our relationship with You, through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Plan ahead beloved—-remember the ark was built in the midst of a drought!”
“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 the 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. Go not fear.” (Haggai 2:4-5)
God promised the enabling power to Zerubbabel and to all the people for the work they 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, beloved. 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.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians3:16)
Inner moral power is necessary for obedient discipleship. The Holy Spirit provides the dynamic power we need for living victoriously.
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 wee fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:10-13)
Discipleship does not depend on our situation. Material resources do not provide the power a disciple needs. Only Christ 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.