Midweek Message, April 27, 2016

I’ve decided to spend time these next few months sharing with you reflections on some of my favorite Bible passages – and I invite you to share with me some of your own (both the verses and your reflections).  It’s amazing, isn’t it, how certain verses in the Bible speak so powerfully, touch us so deeply, and sustain us so tenaciously?  

For many years, one of my favorite verses has been Isaiah 40:31(“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 faint.”), so this week, let’s look first at its context, back to v. 29:“God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isa. 40:29).  Just now writing this verse I’ve experienced what is so remarkable about the Scripture:  I’ve just discovered, or, better said, God has just revealed to me, a totally new insight and connection.  For the first time I see a connection with the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28.  You remember them, don’t you:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God/Jesus (one and same) – giving us strength in our weariness.  Are you ever weary?  Receive his strength, come to Him.
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