It's 5:00 AM and I'm up, sitting in my recliner with a hurting leg... going to have minor surgery soon to repair a torn meniscus. So, I found myself reading Isaiah 40:28-31.... I needed a joy refill!
"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 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."
With all of the chaos that’s going on in the world today, it may be a bit hard to find some joy. It’s so easy to focus on everything that seems to be going wrong: the job you can’t find, the money you don’t have, the inspiration that you’ve lost, your own hurting leg… How can one find joy in the midst of so much yuck ?
I love the scripture where it talks about David encouraging himself in the Lord. (I Samuel 30:6 ).
Often encouragement comes down to us deliberately choosing to look past the problem and see the God who is always there. No matter what we go through, God is always working things for our good. We just get so caught up in the process that we tend to disregard the positives sometimes.
Don't let this happen to you! Whenever you feel despair knocking at your door, overcome it by remembering the goodness of the Lord. Remember how He helped you overcome obstacles in times past.
Remember where He sent unexpected blessings in your time of need. Take it captive by thinking of of how He sent His mercy when you knew you deserved punishment. Take heart in how He rescued you from destruction.
God is so good! And He is the same God today that He was when He walked you through all of those other valleys of darkness. Don’t lose hope! Reach deep inside and pull up some joy!
The joy of the Lord will give you the strength to make it through! (Nehemiah 8:10)
Lindy and I love and believe in you! Have a great week.
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