Words from the Heart for Monday December 31st, 2018
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Wait Upon the Lord
We have journeyed through this year having much opportunity to become acquainted with our Creator God. We leave this year with the promise that our amazing God will not disappoint us. Like the eagle who gains new feathers in his wings to mount up higher with renewed strength, our God is committed to keep us strong and rising higher. We can confidently place our expectation on Him.
An old holiday custom in Quebec, now lost, is the blessing made on the morning of January 1 by the family father, who gathers his children to bless them and wish them bonne année (Happy New Year). Nowadays, the festival to mark the last day of the year and the arrival of the new one occurs among friends and family. A well-established New Year’s Eve tradition in Quebec is “Bye Bye,” a TV broadcast that presents a humorous retrospective of the events of the year just past.
It is common for Canadians to set New Years Resolutions at this time of the year. With 2019 just hours away, we think back on the past 12 months, and the inventory includes things for which we have regret. We then set goals for changes we want to see in our lives. The challenge is that unless we tap into a source of strength greater than ourselves, we seldom experience the change we want. What is the secret to a transformed life? Listen to what Isaiah 40:31 tells us: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The prophet understood that if we are going to live victoriously, it is a matter of waiting upon the Lord. In this case, waiting doesn’t mean hanging on until God eventually steps in. It means to simply trust, assured that the Lord in whom we place our faith will keep His promise to provide all we need to live a life of victory and purity. That’s a good resolution.
These have been words from the heart.