Isn’t it wonderfully refreshing when you come across a verse in the bible that completely lifts your spirit?
You can be moving from one day to the next without feeling God is doing much, or is having any impact in your life whatsoever (He always is, by the way, but we don’t always realise it at the time), and your spiritual life has gotten into a rut.
That’s why praying and reading the bible is so important. God can speak to us through the bible in ways that the world, whether secular or spiritual cannot. The greatest preacher in the world cannot give us what God gives us through his Word.
I have been in a bit of a vicious cycle recently. I wasn’t praying, wasn’t studying the Word, and I felt as though my connection with God was becoming more distant by the day. Of course it was! If you have a relationship with another human and you never see them, speak to them, or read anything they’ve written to you, you start to forget about them and you don’t work at that relationship.
But by the same token, when you see that friend or loved one again, you can be overcome with joy that you have rediscovered them and know what it is to be in a relationship with them again. That’s exactly how I felt as I stumbled upon a passage recently.
I confessed to a friend about my recent troubles, and he prayed for me and convinced me I needed to get back into the right mindset – to forget all that had gone before, and to focus on the now, and on the future, to devote myself back to God; to read his Word and to pray.
Now, I’d got the praying down. But as for reading His word, I was simply flicking between the odd verse here and there, not settling on any passage, and not really feeling as though any verse spoke to me.
Because I was too wrapped up in myself. I was concerned about my own problems to the point it was taking over every waking thought. I was despairing, and praying to God that He would help me, and it seemed as though nothing was happening. In my mind, I felt “Why would God care about this? Isn’t it a bit beneath Him?”
I know God doesn’t do things in our time scales, and sometimes we have to be patient, and sometimes He answers in ways we did not expect, or long after we had forgotten our worries. Sometimes, because He does not do things the instant we ask them, we forget how amazing and powerful God really is. We forget he isn’t just an old guy pushing paperwork, trying to keep everyone happy while being underfunded and undermanned. He is the Creator of the Universe. He knows what He’s doing, and He does things when He decides they should be done.
So when I stumbled on this verse, it brought it all back. God is truly awesome. (Note. If you read this in the style of some American super-preacher, it really brings it home how true this is even to this day!)
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.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40 v 28-31 (NIV)
If you are like me and sometimes forget how awesome and powerful, and yet humble and caring our God truly is, I hope this verse blesses you as much as it has blessed me.