HOPE AND STRENGTH
Read Isaiah 40
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28b–29 NIV
* * *This highly prophetic chapter was a message of comfort for God's people held captive in Babylon. Isaiah prophesied the return of the Jews to Jerusalem - but far beyond that day - he tells of the coming Messiah:
Here is your God! See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power…See, his reward is with him…He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." (40:9b–11)
How amazing that this loving Shepherd is also the everlasting God, the powerful Creator of the earth.
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Oh Lord, how grateful I am that you stop to gather the lambs in Your arms. I claim the promise that You gently lead those who have young, and carry us close to your heart. I look to You for direction and renewed strength. My prayer is that our children will hope in the Lord and soar on wings like eagles, even as they leave the nest.
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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30–31 NIV