All of the above leads me to share with you the best part of my week. Last week while Mike and I were in Boston for my spring break from school we had a long heart to heart about our desire for our days of sharing and encouraging one another in the Lord when we were still in college. We confessed how we had let business, even ministry commitments, get in the way of the ministry we are called to and dearly love & enjoy as husband and wife. So on Monday my hubby came home. We ate dinner. Then we went on a walk to this adorable park in our community and sat down with bibles and journals looking up scriptures about God's promises Mike had prepared just for us that day. One of the best hours of my life having that special focused time once again. You can bet we are fighting for it now more than ever!
All this leads me to what God has put on my heart to share. Consider it a hearty meal of comfort food for your soul. God makes us an incredible promise in Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you by my righteous right hand." This promise is amazing just in taking it in in this one single verse, however, we can gain a richer taste for the depth and reliability of this promise by flipping ahead to the chapter that precedes this promise. In Isaiah 40 the LORD is speaking comfort over His chosen people, Israel, below are His words of comfort, savor them:
v.10 "See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power and his arm rules for Him. See, His reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies Him."
v.11 "He tends is flock like a Shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart..."
v.12 tells us, He measured the waters in the hollow of His hand
v.12 continues, He marked off the heavens with the breadth of his hand
v.12 He has held the dust of the earth in a basket
v.12 He has measured the mountains on scales
v.18-20, 25 God is so amazing, powerful, loving that He can be compared to no one for He is far greater then we can imagine
v.22 "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy and spreads them out like a tent to live in."
v.26 "He brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name"
v.26 "Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing"
These are the words of a huge God, of the only God, of a loving God, of a powerful God of a one-of-a-kind, only Risen God, speaking comfort over his people.
Now understanding more of who God is and his heart for you, taste and be nourished by this promise once again:
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you by my righteous right hand."
Have a wonderful night of sweet rest & a Happy Friday!
PS- LeAnne thanks for the encouragement to write another post :)