Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 11th, 2016
The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.
Isaiah 50:4 (NLT)
Comforting the Weary
Do you know someone who is suffering? Do you know what to say to them? Ask the Lord to give you words of wisdom as you open the Scriptures today so that you might be a comfort to the hurting and broken.
This past August, the Canadian military deployed troops from Edmonton to train the war weary Ukrainian army in their protracted anti-insurgency campaign against the Russian backed forces on their eastern flank. Thirty Edmonton-based members of 3rd Canadian Division’s 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group flew from Edmonton as part of a six-month deployment to help improve the embattled European nation’s military capacity through training. They were joined by 72 others from CFB Shilo in Manitoba and together they replaced half of the 200 Canadian troops who are on the ground in western Ukraine. The Canadian troops are part of the joint military Operation UNIFIER that began in the summer of last year and is scheduled to end in March, 2017. Training covers everything from small unit tactics to linguistics while also “imparting some professionalism and Canadian expertise to Ukrainians.”
Life can be weary. Most of us have experienced the overwhelming emotional and physical exhaustion that can paralyze us and prevent us from enjoying the satisfaction that comes through good health and tasks accomplished. Human beings do not have an unlimited source of strength and energy. Without taking the time to renew and regain, we find ourselves on the edge of burnout. This can happen in the spiritual realm as well. There are far too many followers of Jesus who work hard in their own strength and eventually run out of steam. Some become disillusioned by the Church and fall away from the fellowship. This was never Jesus’ intention for His followers. Unlike us, He never runs out of resources and His desire is to provide for us all that we need to follow and serve Him with victory. Isaiah 50:4 says this: “The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.” The prophet Isaiah had been given a gargantuan task. He was to speak difficult words to a generation was much like ours in having turned their hearts from God. But the Lord also gave the prophet words of wisdom to comfort the weary. The Lord doesn’t expect you to burn out for Him. He has provided all we need for times of weariness – words of comfort and his unlimited power.
These have been words from the heart.