“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
Hey, life is tough! As Isaac Watts’ hymn asks, “Is this vile world a friend of grace to lead me on to God?” No it is not. It is a world filled with sorrow and sin and every corruption that fallen man can create. Yes, there are beautiful gardens and mountain streams and bouncing babies. There are those things and we should give thanks to God that he has provided such refuges from the constant bombardment of sin. But that assault continues daily and pretty things and happy things can refresh us only for the moment.
Jesus says there is a better way. “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Jesus comes to us in His word. He comes to us in prayer. He comes to us in the means of grace and offers to us the refreshment of our souls and not just our bodies. He pours His strength, His holy being into our empty and weary souls and says to us, “Here is the restoration for your daily lives.”
Precious Shepherd, Revive my soul today from the fount of Your strength. Amen
The Friday Benediction
Until Monday, my friends, may the good God envelop you with His grace; may you prove the common confession of faith, “I believe in the holy Christian church and in the fellowship of the saints”, and may you be enriched with joy and hope as you exercise that confession this weekend. Amen
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