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"Waiting for the Lord"

January 18, 2003

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Isaiah 40:31 "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 reminds us that "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" (Isaiah 40:28).

With His own almighty power He strengthens those who are faint. We often grow weary on our journey through life, both physically and spiritually. We get tired of telling people the good news of our salvation without seeming success. We grow weary when we plead for what we think is the right thing for us along life's path, and apparently there is no answer from God.

But let's look at the Lord's promise in this word of the prophet. When we patiently wait for the Lord, He will renew our strength even as our tired bodies are renewed through a good night's sleep. Just as an eagle flaps its big wings as it mounts high up in the air, so the Lord gives us the strength to rise above our wearisome attitudes and serve Him with renewed love and zeal.

Let us rejoice anew in our redemption in Christ and share this joy with the people around us. Our sufferings cannot compare with the joy of our salvation.

PRAYER: Lord, renew our strength when we become weak and faint, and uphold us with Your Spirit. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 25-27    Matthew 12:24-50

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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