This photo taken by my cousin Georgia who wrote,
“Old and still so beautiful! I just love those really old, stone foundation barns you still see around Wisconsin.“
So do I, regardless of where they are!
Message summary: Are you dealing with setbacks that weary you along the way? Strengthen or lift up your arms today in faith and praise to God. Listen to this message on your audio player.
“Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees” (Job 4:3,4). “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, but He will save you'” (Isaiah 35:3,4). “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble” (Hebrews 12:12).
The last several weeks my left knee has really been hurting. This is ultimately a result of an injury I had in college over 45 years ago. At the time I was advised an injury like this will likely cause pain as you age. Well, they were right! Periodically it flares up and at one point about 25 years ago I had arthroscopic surgery which has helped for many years. But in December I tripped and fell on a raised sidewalk up in Wellsboro, PA and really must have done some damage. Next week I have an appointment with an orthopedic physician.
Our second daily text is a rich powerful gem from Isaiah. I do not recall ever giving this verse much consideration, indicative of the riches in God’s word, many yet undiscovered even to longtime Bible readers. Or maybe we just forget!
The verse that immediately precedes this text states that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (12:11). As we run the race for Christ sometimes everything just seems to be going great; runners describe this by using the terms, “having the wind” or being “in pace”. But at other times the going is really tough. These providential hard times are ultimately a part of God’s disciplinary work in our lives. Just two days ago we replaced our old 2019 calendars for new 2020 calendars. Though we may not voice it for we’d sound very foolish if we did and we all know better, but there’s often the wishful thought that a new year is before us so the old problems that we dealt with in 2019 can be tossed away with the old calendar and will not transfer with us into the new year.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
- He will be with us. (Genesis 3:12)
- He will never leave us nor ever forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
- He will equip us with everything good for doing His will and work in us what is pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 13:21)
- He will provide fresh mercy and grace every day for each day’s need. (Lamentations 3:22)
- He will accept our worship as we treat those in need with benevolence and live lives dedicated to integrity and purity. (James 1:27)
- He will be reliable and trustworthy. (James 1:17)
- He will give us wisdom generously when we ask Him for it consistently. (James 1:5-6)
- He will grant us grace and lift us up when we choose to live humbly. (James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:6)
- He will give us new beginnings in Christ. (1 Peter 1:3)
- He will restore, strengthen and steady us. (1 Peter 5:10)
- He will care for us if we will give our cares to Him.. (1 Peter 1:7)
- He will forgive all our sins if we will acknowledge them, turn from them and dedicate ourselves to stay away from them. (1 John 1:9)
- He will produce the character of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in us by His Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- He will love us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
- He will bless us, forgive all our sins, heal all our diseases, redeem our lives from destruction, crown our lives with love and compassion and satisfy the needs of our lives. (Psalm 103:2-3)
- He will give us courage, strength and grace to redemptively deal with all we face. (Philippians 4:13; Psalm 31:2)
- He will grant us success as we take in and live out His Word. (Joshua 1:8)
- He will be our light, protection and salvation. (Psalm 27:1-2)
- He will hear and respond to our prayers. (Psalm 17:6)
- He will transform us by continually renewing our minds so we can think and live in His ways. (Romans 12:1 and following)
- He will bring further along to completion what He has begun in us. (Philippians 1:6)
- He will keep working into us His will and purpose so that we will do and want to do His will and purposes. (Philippians 2:13)