Thursday, December 20, 2018
My Gentle yet Powerful Savior
In review of Isaiah 40:28-29 it says, “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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (NIV).
In Isaiah 40:12-31, he describes God's power to create, his provision to sustain, and his presence to help. God is almighty and all-powerful; but even so, he cares for me (and others) personally. There is nothing that can be compared to God. We describe God as best we can with what little we know, but I would only limit my understanding of him when I compare him to what I experience here on earth. I should never limit his work in my life by underestimating him and what he can do.
It’s hard to imagine this, but thousands of years before I was born, God knew just what I needed?
God knew I’d need extra strength so I wouldn’t give up. God knew I needed a Savior so big that the entire Milky Way couldn’t hold him. God knew I needed a Savior so tender and caring that I’d turn to him during times of pain and suffering.
Centuries before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah announced that God would send his Son to Earth. This was 700 years before the very first Christmas. He told us the Savior would be both powerful and personal, and he’d be strong enough to save us, but also tender and loving.
Most impressively, God tells us that Jesus would have a personal relationship with us. It’s an amazing prediction.
God tells us this in Isaiah 40: “Shout louder—don’t be afraid—tell the cities of Judah, ‘Your God is coming!’ Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; he will rule with awesome strength . . . He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young” (Isaiah 40:9-11 TLB).
Again, Isaiah didn’t predict just Jesus’ gentleness but also his enormous power. “Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15 HCSB).
Then Isaiah got personal, and he applied the coming of Jesus to my life today. “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing . . . 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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:26, 28-29 NIV).
Regardless of what I’m facing, my Creator is there for me, with the power of a tsunami and the gentleness of a baby, born in a manger 2,000 years ago.
God who created all, never grows weak or weary. It's hard for us to understand him. However he can provide us power when we are weak and tired, and strength when we need it.
What this means to me:
My everlasting God, who created all, never grows faint or weary. I cannot possibly fathom the depths of his understanding. He provides me power when I'm tired and worn out, or when I lack the strength.
In summary, God is almighty and all-powerful, but even so, he cares for me personally. There is nothing that can be compared to God. I should never limit his work in my life by underestimating him and what he can do. Way before I was born, God know just what I would need. He knew that I would need a Savior so tender and caring that I would turn to him, during times of pain and suffering. God tells me that Jesus is ready to have a personal relationship with me. So regardless of what I'm facing, my Creator is there for me, with power and gentleness.
During the course of my day and evenings, I often overlook the greatness of my God and of my Savior Jesus Christ. Time and time again God tells me in his word that he is there for me. I just need to remember to turn toward him for what I need, not just in the morning during my quiet time, but throughout the day. This morning Father, I pray for your wisdom and guidance all day long. Help me to accomplish the work in front of me, to lead and interact rightly with those I work with. It is in your Son Jesus name I pray, amen!
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