Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 13th, 2016
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.
Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)
God loves to use weak people. Weak people trusting in God’s power do not magnify their strength but their Lord’s ability. Where are you weak? Won’t you bring your weaknesses before the all-powerful God?
According to a recent report in the National Post, Canada’s armed forces are bleeding personnel at an increasing rate, due to attrition and recruiting problems. In 2009, with a challenging economy, the government promised to keep 68,000 full-time military personnel and 27,000 reservists in uniform despite cutting billions of dollars from the budget. But a Defense Department report tabled in the House of Commons this past January shows a shortage of nearly 1,900 regular force members and 5,300 part-time reservists as of March 2015, thanks to higher than expected attrition and, for reservists, “challenges in meeting recruiting quotas.” That compares with a shortage of 900 full-time military personnel and 4,500 reservists the previous year. The military has said it needs more than 4,000 new recruits each year just to offset attrition and keep 68,000 full-time troops in uniform.
Life can be exhausting. I’m sure you’ve noticed that. Whether you are a student busy with studies and a summer job, or a young mom busy with work and kids, or a senior busy volunteering and doctor’s appointments, life can be hectic. And Christians are called to walk with the Lord and serve Him, which often adds to our schedule. Where do we find the opportunity for relaxing and renewal? The Lord God never expected us to burn out for Jesus. While He does call us to serve Him, He knows that what He calls us to is beyond our human resources and that’s exactly the point of the Christian life. We are to depend on Him for our strength. It is to be His life lived through us. Isaiah the prophet understood this and writes in Isaiah 40:29-31: “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.” What a great promise here. The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Where do you turn when you are on the edge of exhaustion? Jesus taught His followers well in this. When the pressures of ministry got overwhelming, He got away in a boat or onto a mountain to spend time with His heavenly Father. And He always returned strengthened. So will you.
These have been words from the heart.