"Resting in God's Unlimited Power" - Saturday, September 3rd

"Resting in God's Unlimited Power" - Saturday, September 3rd

To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing …. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power …. those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:25-26, 28-29, 31

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The reasonable conclusion of our considerations this week is that “God himself” is the true antidote for the impact of stress on our lives. Today’s Scripture begins with these words: “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see.” All week we have been seeing that there is “no one” and “no thing” like God and that when we “lift up our eyes on high and see” him, it makes all the difference. Seeing God and what he is like would not be complete without considering his “unlimited power.” The imperative of “looking up” in our passage is for seeing the stars and the one who: “created” them, “leads forth their host by number,” and “calls them by name.” Further, we are told that it is “because of the greatness of his might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.”

Our passage moves from God’s involvement with the stars in terms of “the greatness of his might and the strength of His power” to his involvement with us and the difference “the greatness of his might and the strength of His power” makes in our lives. Our God who loves, who forgives, who is in charge, who provides, and who justly prevails, is the God who is powerfully at work on our behalf. Let the remaining words of our passage sink in and minister to your spirit: “Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power …. those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Yes, “God himself” is the true antidote for the impact of stress in our lives. Making the admonition to “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” the priority of daily life is essential. The more “settled” we become in regard to the things that are true of God that come to us from Him, the more free we are to “mount up with wings like eagles.” May you feel the grip of stress and fretting losing their hold as you rise up like the eagle. May God’s wonderful presence become more real to you than anything else.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, thanks for understanding my frailty and the burden of stress I experience. Thank you taking me this week on this journey of learning to rest in all that you are to me. Thank you for your “unfailing love, complete forgiveness, absolute sovereignty, comprehensive benevolence, universal justice, and unlimited power.” Forgive me for losing sight of you and for getting so caught up in worrying and whining. I do choose “resting” over “fretting” for the path of my life and I know you are wonderfully at work helping me to go forward handling stress victoriously. Amen!

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