Theme of the Week: Gotta Be Weak to Be Strong
Friday, February 28, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: I will strengthen the weary and renew those who are weak. (Jeremiah 31:25, CEB)
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 40
God longs for us to thrive and enjoy the riches of his grace, and he has promised blessings when we come to him with humility and trust. Nowhere is the promise stated more clearly than in [Isaiah 40:28-31]:
"The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. … He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary. And the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (NKJV).
God is saying that by placing your trust in his mercy and grace you will be able to soar above adversity, temptation, and disappointments of every kind, with wings like eagles.
Rest assured, you can have complete confidence in the grace and goodness of God. You can trust him with your life.
—Harry R. Jackson Jr. in You Were Born for More
My Response: How does Isaiah 40:28-31 apply to an adversity, temptation, or disappointment I'm facing?
Thought to Apply: Our weakness makes us appreciate God's strength.—Erwin Lutzer (pastor, writer)
Adapted from You Were Born for More by Harry R. Jackson Jr. (Chosen, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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