By: Dawn Ashley
This morning I did not make it to church, instead decided to do “church” at home with the girls. That may sound a little bizarre but that is what we needed today. I am not discounting going to church because that is important but this is where God had us today and God spoke these two truths to me about it:
Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
So we gathered in His name and The Spirit of the Lord was with us and there truly was freedom. We worshipped together and prayed together and read Gods’ Word together. He literally put our service together and the girls got to see God do it – just for us. This morning I want to share a little of that with you and pray that God can use where I am at to minister to you where you are at.
I am at a place where I have been “waiting” on God and yet not feeling his strength. As we sat in Olivia’s room to do “church” I looked up to these words that are on her wall.
Those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)
I smiled and said okay God let church begin. I am “waiting” on God in some areas of my life and have seemed to lose my strength. I feel weary and find myself losing hope. I find myself wondering how much longer will my prayers go unanswered? Then God reminded me:
“With God one day is a thousand years and a thousand years is one day.” (2 Peter 3:8).
God spoke to the depths of my heart through Isaiah and literally renewed my strength. I could feel my hope rising. This strength from the Lord comes in trusting that “His Love Endures Forever and Forever God is Faithful, Forever God is Strong, Forever God is With Us, Forever and Ever (which the girls and I sang over and over again). This morning we Sang Praise. In singing and proclaiming and reading this truth it overshadowed my circumstances and the hope and strength that God speaks of in Isaiah 40:31 began to be renewed in me. Where do you need your strength and hope renewed today?
In Isaiah 40 these events that are spoken of are the events Isaiah said would occur after the captivity, to include releasing the remnant captives and allowing them to return to Jerusalem after Babylon was conquered. What in the words of Isaiah 40 do you need to hear? What is God wanting to set you free from? We can have confidence and hope in the future. Where do you need to cry out from your desert place like I did this morning? Where do you need to be reminded that God can raise up every valley and make low every mountain, make level every rough ground you walk and all the rugged places plain?
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)
God has great plans for you and for me and we will fulfill the call God has on our lives regardless of the dessert we walk through today because God is faithful. Our voices matter because we carry the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” (Isaiah 40:9)
God has not forgotten us. He can’t we are his children and God carries all his work to completion, that includes his work in us.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
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. (Isaiah 40:11)
Look up my friends at the beautiful canopy of stars on a clear night. Who created all this? He brings out the stars one by one and calls each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing (Isaiah 40:-25-26) If God is this deeply involved in the stars and their creation what do you think He thinks of us? How well does He know us by name and do you not think for a moment He would take his eye off us and let us go missing? We are not forgotten by God. God gives us strength and power to face the days while He is completing his work in us and while He gathers us in his arms and comforts us.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
So as we walk through our current circumstances let’s remember the truth of who our God is and the truth of who we are to Him and walk forth in His power and His strength. Let’s give him praises in the dessert because when all else fails around us our God will never fail us, forever God is faithful, forever God is strong, forever God is with us, forever and ever. This is something this Thanksgiving we can be thankful for. We may face adversity but we will always find God’s comfort as we face it.