Read Isaiah 40:25-31

To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.

Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.


  From Rev. Donald Snyder, Beckley First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

            These were difficult times for the people of Israel.  Whether prophecy foreseen or prophecy of hope Isaiah seems to be saying to God’s people, “In the light of what I have said, how can you believe God is ignoring you? Don’t you understand?  God is utterly other than we are.  The Lord does not work in our time table, and He has none of our limitations.  But He is at work and you can depend on him!” 

            These are difficult times for the people of God, regardless of who is to blame.  Change is coming, but change is fickle.  Hope is not. 

            The meaning of Christmas, to which we draw near, is not based the profit margin of retailers, the wealth of gifts we shower upon one another, nor even upon hope in transition.  Our hope is in the great constant:  God. 

            When you feel all of life crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength.  Faith and hope in the one who is Immanuel allows His strength to become our strength.

Inspire my hope, O God, my Strength.  Give to me the resolute confidence in your present power.


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