Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mid-Day Devotion 6/23/09

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 40:31

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength --- what a blessed assurance! What a blessed comfort we find ourselves amidst as we look to the Lord, to the God of our strength, and as we seek Him, He is there always there beside His children, always beside those He always cares so much for, that He loves so much. We live in a world that often doesn't make sense, in a world that's prone to violence and chaos, a world where hardship and trial, where turmoil and agony seem so close at our heels. We hear about it every time we lift up those hostages in our prayers. We see it in the eyes of those who are set free, who come home, their lives irrevocably changed, irreversibly not the same as anything they had left behind before them. We know it from the stories that we read and we wonder, we wonder as the Psalmists wondered, Why O Lord are You so far off? Where are You and where Your tender mercies in this world? Why is that the enemy seems so close upon our heels? We wonder and we can't seem to find the answer.

Yet to every yearning of our soul, every longing of our spirit, we know that the Lord God Almighty, Our Heavenly Father is there, He is amidst us, to raise our strength, to mount them up His children on wings like eagles, that they may run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. He is there to grant His compassion, His kindness, His mercy, His grace, His strength in all things and through all things. We may not always understand it, but then as we are told, as we are taught, the wisdom of God is foolishness to man, we lack the knowledge and the discernment to see fully God's plan in all things and through all things. But even when He seems so distant, when trouble seems so close on the heels of His children, we know that He is there, we know that He is there to strengthen and preserve, to guide and comfort all those weary wanderers, all those weary souls who are captive and held prisoner.

Isaiah's faith, the faith of all the saints and prophets who came before us, they found that even in the deepest of captivity, they found their wings and they found their strength, amidst a bondage of the soul and a bondage of the spirit, that sought to drag them to the depths of despair, and yet in the midst of all of that, God restored unto their souls hope, hope and peace and comfort, joy in all things, through all things. And just as he restores unto them that hope, we must put our trust in the same, knowing that He will not fail or forsake, He will not abandon, that His justice, that His compassion, His mercy, it shall reign supreme in all places according to His will and according to His desires. And there, the comfort of His Holy Spirit shall come upon all those in any need.

Trust therefore in the Lord in all things, trust in Him and know that He shall be there beside you.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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