Turn to God! Trust God! Praise God! Pray to God! Seek first the kingdom of God because God will take care of the rest! When all you have is God you have everything you need! What is looking crazy to you? Is there too much conflict? Is there too much finger pointing? Is there too many trust issues? Is there differences of opinion? Is there differences of perspective? Is there too much change? What is it in your case? Is it personal? Is it the community? Is it the region? Is it the country? Is it the world? Is it politics? Is it religion? What can be done? Where can people turn? What can they say? How can they respond? We can’t control what is going to happen to us but we are in full control to how we will respond! How you respond speaks a lot to who you are and what you believe! Are you working for unity or division? Are you working for love or for hate? Are you working to bring praise and glory to God or to yourself? In this world you will have troubles, it isn’t optional, but we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! We can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, it just requires the perspective to understand the benefits! Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.
Day 42: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 42 —
Let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!
Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)
‘Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”’— Isaiah 35:3-4
- Do you see people who are worrying?
- Do you see people are scared?
- Do you see people who are weak?
- Do you see people who are faint at heart?
- Point them back to God!
- Speak truth in love with hope to them right where they are at!
- Remind them who God is and why they can have hope!
- Remind them to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world!
- Remind them to be bold and courageous as they take on the mantle of pursuing God!
- Remind them to trust God!
- Remind them of God’s Word!
- Remind them of God’s power!
In the Church of the redeemed there will be “weak” brethren as well as strong, “feeble” as well as healthful (see 1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 5:12-14). God, by the mouth of his prophet, calls on the strong to impart of their strength to their weaker brethren, uplifting their “weak hands,” as Aaron and Hur did those of Moses (Exodus 17:12), and “confirming” or sustaining their “feeble knees.” So St. Paul: “We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1).— Pulpit Commentary
Ye prophets and ministers of God, comfort and encourage his people, who are now ready to faint, with hopes of that salvation which, in due time, he will work for them. The prophet mentions hands and knees, because the strength or weakness of any man eminently appears in those parts. Say to them that are of a fearful heart — Who, because of their own weakness and the strength of their enemies, are discouraged and cast down: Hebrew, לנמהרי לב, that are hasty of heart, that are for betaking themselves to flight, upon the first alarm, and for giving up the cause. Be strong, fear not — Resist your fears, confide in the power, love, and faithfulness of God, who has promised to deliver those that trust in him, and has engaged, that as your day is your strength shall be, and you shall become strong. Behold, your God will come — Though he seem to be absent, and to have departed from you, he will come and abide with you. He will come with vengeance — Namely, upon your enemies; and save you — The destruction he brings upon your enemies will be the means of your deliverance and salvation. If we suppose this to be spoken with any reference to the state of the Jews in Babylon, God avenged them when he overthrew the Babylonish empire, and brought them back to their own land. But, undoubtedly, the words are primarily intended of the coming of the Messiah in the flesh, and of the redemption and deliverance of God’s people through him; that is, of such as embraced Christianity, whom God signally avenged for all the malice and cruelty which the Jews had exercised upon them, when, by the Romans, he laid Jerusalem even with the ground, and cut off many hundreds of thousands of them by the sword, by famine, and other ways, for their obstinate rejection of the gospel, and crucifying of their Messiah. Thus Christ is said to have been set for the fall, as well as rising again, of many in Israel.— Benson Commentary
As day 42 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?