Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"I Will Strengthen You"

If paying attention, we can perceive loss everywhere we turn. Sometimes it's obvious; other times it's buried. But either way, it exists and has brushed each of us. We have friends who are experiencing loss in a hidden way that many will never understand or even know about. But that doesn't dissipate the pain.

Yesterday as I mourned for them, I heard the Lord remind me that He is able; but sometimes He chooses not to. Not to heal, not to fulfill. Not to answer 'Yes.' But if He chooses to respond in this way, He is then the God who comforts.

I love when God continues to affirm His promises over and over to me in small ways. So, it was neat that I woke up today and read from Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" about precisely that--that He is able and He will come through, even if it looks different than we want:

I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU. -- Isaiah 41:10

God has a strong reserve with which to discharge this responsibility, for He is able to do everything. Believer, until you can drain the ocean dry of omnipotence, until you can break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, you never need to fear. Do not think that the strength of man will ever be able to overcome the power of God. While the earth's huge pillars stand, you have enough reason to live firm in your faith. The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven has promised to supply you with daily strength. While He is able to uphold the universe, do not dream that He will prove unable to fulfill His own promises. Remember what He did in the past, in the former generations. Remember how He spoke and it was done, how He commanded and it stood firm. Will He who created the world grow weary? He hangs the world upon nothing; will He who does this be unable to support His children? Will He be unfaithful to His word for lack of power? Who is it that restrains the tempest? Does He not ride upon the wings of the wind and make the clouds His chariots and hold the ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail you? When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, will you for a moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself or gone beyond His power to fulfill? No! You can doubt no longer.

My God, You who are my strength, I believe that this promise will be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Your grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of Your strength can never be emptied by Your friends or plundered by Your enemies.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the Holy Bible, English Standard Version.
"December 22." ed. Alistair Begg. Crossway Publishers, 2003.

Peace of Christ to you,

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