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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Welcome to a new week of Freedom Fighter blogs. I am grateful to have you join me on the journey.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Like you are on a merry-go-round that is spinning out of control? Have you felt like you are so “under the pile” that if one more thing gets put on your plate, you’re going over the edge?
Well then this devotional from the pen of Drs. Henry & Richard Blackaby is for you. I know I needed it today. Take time to read it slowly and allow God to speak to your heart:
At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you.
The key is to wait upon Him to do so. Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our activities. Part of God’s restorative process is to slow us down and make us listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will reveal His plans.
Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always active. Waiting requires us to cease our own pursuits and give God our complete attention. We may have to give up some of the activities we have allowed to inundate our lives. We may need to take an entire day to sit quietly before the Lord. If we ask Him, God will show us the resources He has provided to help with the work we have been attempting on our own. God may address feelings of guilt that have motivated us to do things that He has not asked us to do. Jesus carried more responsibility than you do. More people needed Him than will ever need you. Yet He was never overwhelmed or inadequate for the task. Now Christ offers to guide you so that you will fulfill your heavenly Father’s will and gain the strength necessary for each day (Matt. 11:28).
Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (Kindle Locations 5464-5479). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Could you relate to this reading today? Maybe it’s time to take inventory. What are those things that are currently in your life that you need to let go of? What are the things that are good, better, best. Choose the best. Choose those things that God wants for you. Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: It is at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a believer to cease from living to himself. —C.H. Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. 1 Chronicles 4:10