In Isaiah 40:11, Isaiah paints us a beautiful picture of what Jesus is and will be when he comes. “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lamb in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11). He promises to carry us close to his heart, protecting and guiding us! What could be more comforting than that. As a mother, when my children are scared or hurt, they immediately climb into my lap seeking hugs and shelter. They seek a comforting word from me that it will be okay and I always urge them to trust me, promising to protect them. I desperately needed this from Jesus, but by allowing that precious time with Him to pass by, I was pushing that comfort away. This time could have filled my heart and mind with peace and understanding but instead I was choosing chaos.
Later in the chapter, Isaiah takes 3 verses to describe even further the love He has for us: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, 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 faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV). I think this is perhaps one of my favorite verses. I repeat it often and one I recall easily. However, I had no strength to remind myself of what God could do for me because I was choosing my world over His. I was selfish and greedy with my time instead of inviting God into my time to give me strength to exit out of those 27 tabs filling my brain with anxiety.
Friends, I urge you to stop hitting that proverbial snooze button, whatever it may be that’s hindering your walk with Him. When we make spending time with the Lord a priority, He gives us the strength to push through the weariness of this world. He will give us strength when we ask for it. He can give us peace, when we ask for it. He offers us comfort, when we ask for it. But we can only ask for these things when we seek time with Him and his word. Make time for God, just as you make time for all the other “to-do’s” on your list today.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
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