God's Promises I

Hi friends, I hope you are doing well and that everything is well with you. I have been thinking about the promises of God and how we can apply them to our lives daily. Our God is so personal and when we seek Him it becomes so evident how interested He is in us. There is no such thing as coincidence when it comes to God. If you seek you will find Him in the oddest and most wonderful ways.

Winter Sunrise by Ryan McGuire

So anyways the promises. In the book of Isaiah we see this beautiful passage that has so many promises in it, it takes my breath away.
Isaiah 40:29-31 says He gives power to the weak 
and strength to the powerless.
 Even youths will become weak and tired, 
and young men will fall in exhaustion. 
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. 
They will soar high on wings like eagles. 
They will run and not grow weary. 
They will walk and not faint.

Take a minute friends and read this verses and just think about what God is promising us. When I said that it took my breath away I didn't say it for dramatic effect. Lets break it down a little.

Have you ever been in a place in your life when you were at your lowest? I know I have. You don't have to lose everything or to suffer a great loss for certain things to literally bring you to your knees. When your spirit could not take any more beating because you had been fighting so hard for so long. We all get tired like bone tired when life keeps throwing things at us that make us question every decision we have ever made.

Then you come across a verse like this where God is saying He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. I just get a jolt of life and energy when I internalize this promise and fully believe in it. Have you ever heard someone say 'speak life'. That's what this verse does. It makes me think I have to faith it out even when I can't see where God is taking me and I just get this strength and power that could not be sourced from me.

Have you met someone just graduating college and the optimism they have. The determination and tenacity for life of the youth. Then we see the prophet Isaiah creating this visual of this type of person at a stage in their lives when they are at their healthiest, most optimistic and strongest version of themselves being weak, tired and exhausted. Their redemption being their trust in the Lord who promises to renew their strength. This just makes get excited. Life has a tendency to bring even the strongest power houses to their knees but there is a back up plan. How cool is that? That we are not forsaken.

Whether it's a sickness, a downfall, a failure, a bad decision, a divorce, a job loss whatever negative thing that happens that causes you to hit the pause/stop button, God's promise is that He will renew your strength. You may be up one day and the next you are down. One day you are in and one day you are out as Heidi Klum puts it. You will find that there are days that nothing from this world can provide you comfort. That only God's grace will provide that resolve to get up from bed and face the mountain in front of you. You only need to trust in the promises of God.

I just really love the last three lines. That we will soar up with wings as eagles. Can you imagine that? God will equip us even at our lowest to soar up majestically and be able to push through and literally fly over the huddles in our lives. You won't have to jump! That we will run and not grow weary. Have you ever witnessed someone go through something so difficult with so much grace that you thought they were faking it? This is the supernatural power and promise of God. He gives peace beyond human understanding. 

Lastly that we will walk and not grow faint. Now this is where all the guts and glory lies. This is the last lap in a long race where all the energy to sprint is gone. And yet there is something in us that causes us to hold on to our faith and keep going even when we are almost on our knees crawling to the finish line. God's promise is that we will not grow faint. We will essentially get to the finish line.

Friends let us fall on the promises of God. Let us turn to Him in all seasons. Whether we are soaring, running or walking, let's see God's promises and see how faithful our father is. Psalms 37:25 says, "I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread". Doesn't that just make you smile from the inside out. We have a guarantee even for our kids friends : )

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