Thought for the Week - 22nd MayPastor Diana Rutherford
Isaiah 40: 27-31
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard? Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
What a lovely thought! God, who is the creator of heaven and earth, who created the blades of grass and numbered the hairs on your head, sees the troubles that we have. He never grows weak or weary!
We as human beings are very weak. We struggle with so much; whether it’s with our tempers, sin, uncleanness, or even just keeping on going and doing the right thing. We know that in the crisis hours that we need to hold on to God… but in the every-day occurrences of life, we can get weary at making the right choices. It’s important to remember that God never grows weary! We might, but He never will!
When we grow weary, we become weak. It leads to tiredness, tiredness and wrong choices. But God never wearies. There is a place for you and I to press through into God and find a strength in Him that far surpasses our own. In Song of Songs 8:5 we read “Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?” Speaking of the Bride of Christ, she is leaning on her beloved because she’s been in the wilderness. The Israelites wandered the wilderness for forty years, toiling with the everyday things of life. Here, the bride emerges out of the wilderness leaning on her beloved, because she has learned to do so! It’s a wonderful place if we can find a way beyond our own human strength into the strength of God.
As Christians we are meant to find our way beyond our own strength into that one who is a Rock. The one who’ll never, never grow weary!
No one can measure the depths of His understanding! What a wonderful, beautiful thing. He understands everything about you… your temperament, your reaction, your pain, your hurt, your personal need etc. The depth of His knowledge of your hurting heart and soul is phenomenal, and cannot be measured! Rather than allowing that pain to twist you and make you bitter, it draws you into a closer relationship with Himself. It’s often the reason we’re allowed to suffer, because He wants to bring us closer to Him and more dependent on Him. He leads us into the wilderness not to make us bitter, but so that we might come out leaning on our beloved!
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless! There might be times where you feel spiritually weak and think that you can’t do things like praying, speaking, moving out in the gifts of the Spirit etc. Know that the anointing comes at the point of duty! And when you’re at the point where you feel weak and cannot do something, step out in faith and that power will be given to you.
Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength! Many quote this verse, but few experience it. He makes everything new in a moment of time. You might be drained and exhausted, but in a moment of time the quickening of the Holy Spirit comes and we find new anointing. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead can quicken our mortal bodies!
Whatever difficulties you find yourself in today, are they going to grind you down to the dust or are you going to choose to rise up into that newness of life? We read that “they will soar high on wings like eagles!”. Whatever the situation that brings weariness to you, you can find the anointing. You can press into God, find new life in Jesus Christ, and soar high on wings like eagles… soar into the presence of the living God! We can find the Glory of Him in every situation we find ourselves in life.
Spiritually, we must run as far as we are able, and then He will carry us. If we are faithful to Him, our running will get stronger. We will be able to do what today we cannot do. We have to train ourselves to walk further in God, to keep going and find the glorious heights of God. When we cannot run another mile, walk another step, at the weak and weary stage, then He will be like the dew!
Think about the dew… it comes when all is still and silent. In the morning, every blade of grass has a droplet of dew. Our lives are like that dew if we still ourselves. At the point that we can’t go any further, we must still ourselves, stop fretting and wait. Leave the stillness of the living God come down on your being, quieten your mind and still your soul. It’s in the stillness that the dew falls. He’s waiting. In Isaiah 27:3 we read “I water it every moment”. Is there a permanent supply of the water of life, in your life?
In Isaiah 30:15 we read: “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength...” Returning and resting in God is so important, to allow the confidence and strength of God to distill into your soul.
In Isaiah 32:17-18 we read “And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.” This righteousness is allowing his strength into your soul, and will bring peace and confidence for ever. His people will live in safety, quietly at home. Make your home in God, and let there be a quietness in your spirit in Him.
Let the quietness of God distill within your soul, and give to you the strength you need.