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Give Me Strength

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Give me strength Lord,
strength for what needs doing;
strength to hang on,
strength to let go;
strength in weariness,
exhaustion,
stumbling;
strength to stand back up,
strength to lay down and sleep;
Strength in your strength,
soaring, running, walking
in you,
with you,
through you

Isaiah 40:21-31 (CEV)

God Rules the Whole Earth

21 Don’t you know?
    Haven’t you heard?
Isn’t it clear that God
    created the world?
22 God is the one who rules
    the whole earth,
and we that live here
    are merely insects.
He spread out the heavens
like a curtain or an open tent.

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23 God brings down rulers
    and turns them into nothing.
24 They are like flowers
freshly sprung up
    and starting to grow.
But when God blows on them,
they wilt
and are carried off
    like straw in a storm.

25 The holy God asks,
“Who compares with me?
    Is anyone my equal?”

26 Look at the evening sky!
    Who created the stars?
Who gave them each a name?
    Who leads them like an army?
The Lord is so powerful
that none of the stars
    are ever missing.

The Lord Gives Strength

27 You people of Israel, say,
“God pays no attention to us!
    He doesn’t care if we
    are treated unjustly.”

But how can you say that?
28 Don’t you know?
    Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the eternal God,
    Creator of the earth.
He never gets weary or tired;
his wisdom cannot be measured.

29 The Lord gives strength
    to those who are weary.
30 Even young people get tired,
    then stumble and fall.
31 But those who trust the Lord
    will find new strength.
They will be strong like eagles
    soaring upward on wings;
they will walk and run
    without getting tired.

You don’t Understand

You just don’t understand

The oft heard cry of those who feel that someone else doesn’t get them, they are misunderstood, misinterpreted and it’s all very frustrating.

Isaiah gives us the cry of a misunderstood God:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? (Isaiah 40:21)

Perhaps so many of our problems with God are because we misunderstand him.  We don’t see the answers we are seeking because we are asking the wrong questions.

Because there is actually nothing and no-one to whom God can be compared.  He is outside of our human experience.One of the first questions I had to answer in my Local Preacher training (way back in 1990, so the course before we have now…), was about the deficiency in language to describe God and what he is about.

But what we can understand about God is that he made everything.  He knows how it all works.

And we are left with an assurance into the uncertainty:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no-one can fathom (Isaiah 40:28)

We do not need to understand God fully – if he could be understood, he wouldn’t be much of a God, he would be just the same as us.  But we can rely on him.

He is everlasting – he’s not just a fad, here today, gone tomorrow.  He won’t wear out or become bored by us.  God is in the world for the long haul.  He continues to keep his hand on it, and cares for it – even when we cannot understand what is happening.  God constantly holds the bigger picture.

He has created to the ends of the earth – there is nothing that is outside God’s care and attention.  There aren’t bits that he misses, some things that are in his blind-spot, or parts outside of his love.  His tent is over all.

So should we do nothing and just leave God to get on with it?  Absolutely not!  Being part of God’s creation brings responsibility to care, to love and to hope; to wrestle with things we don’t understand that we might capture a glimpse more of God and what he is doing – and what he asks us to do with him.

For ultimately, God is the one who gives strength to the weary, power to the weak, and hope to those who feel they have none.

Thank you Lord,

that though we can never fully understand you,

we can trust you,

for you care for your creation.

Thank you that you invite us to work with you,

to be art of your love, hope and strength.

We pray

for hope for the hopeless,

strength for the weary,

and power to the weak

– in your name