There is a certain strength and a perseverance needed when you are in that in-between space of asking and receiving. Keeping an attitude of faith and hope when you cannot yet see a promised fulfilled requires stamina. Fortunately, God provides us with strength when we are at our weakest!
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[00:00:00] Hi there and welcome back to Daily Bible promises with a Twist. If you’re wondering what the twist is, follow the arrow, go to where it leads you to, and the very first entry in the playlist will explain all of this.
[00:00:14] So today we are reading from the NIV version Isaiah 40:29. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” That’s Isaiah 40 Verse 29 in the NIV.
[00:00:31] But, in the New American Standard Bible, it reads like this. “He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might, he increases power.”
[00:00:44] This verse is smack dab in the middle of a very famous chapter in Isaiah and the verses immediately following Verse 29 everybody knows so I’m going to have to be really really good today and not spill the beans. So I’m not going to be going past first 29. However, let’s back up to Verse 27 and we’ll finish off in Verse 29. “Why do you say O Jacob and assert O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God.’ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the Earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might, he increases his power.”
[00:01:41] I think any Christian who has walked with the Lord for more than a couple of years has said these sorts of things in their heart of hearts when they’ve been going through a long period where something that they’re contending for in prayer just doesn’t seem to be happening. There doesn’t seem to be any breakthrough and they’re feeling tired. They’re feeling unheard and they’re wondering if God really cares.
[00:02:11] I think we can all relate to the people that God is speaking to through Isaiah. “Why do you say O Jacob and assert O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God.” Can’t you just feel that tone of accusation in that verse that Israel is accusing God of not caring? He reminds them of the truth. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, The Lord, the creator of the Earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might he increases power.”
[00:03:03] Sometimes that space that’s between the time that we bring our request to the Lord and the time that request is answered, it can be exhausting. It stretches our ability to see things clearly and to remember the promises of God. Okay, there’s one thing that helps me when I’m in that space, that in-between space, and that’s to give thanks for all the things that God has already done in my life.
[00:03:35] When I remember, when I deliberately look back and see what He has done, it gives me the strength and the courage and the patience and the perseverance to trust Him, and to stay in that place, in that in-between place, while continuing to contend for a breakthrough without allowing that contending to become discontentment.
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