Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)
Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
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.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
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 faint.
The prophet, Isaiah describes God’s power to create, his provision to sustain and his presence to help. Although God is all-powerful, he cares for each of us personally. It is hard to fathom that, isn’t it? But no person can be compared to God. We try to describe God as best we can with our limited knowledge and language but we only limit our understanding of him and his power when we compare him to what we experience here on earth. Hoping in the Lord is expecting that his promise of strength will help us rise above life’s distractions and difficulties. It also means trusting him when he speaks to us and being patient when he asks us to wait.
Question to Ponder:
What is your concept of God, especially as revealed in his son, Jesus?
God. Don’t let me limit your work in my life by underestimating what you can do. I get so tired sometimes and try to work in my own power. Remind me daily that you never get too tired or too busy to help or listen to me. Let your source of strength be my source of strength so that I too can continue to be hope-filled no matter what comes my way. Amen.
End with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)