Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Welcome to Day 205 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Isaiah 40 begins the section of Isaiah proclaiming the salvation and deliverance from captivity and Israel’s misery.
29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 be faint.”
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 42:1, ““Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.”
20 “You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”
1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
Amazing how much Jesus quoted Isaiah in the Gospels. There are so many familiar passages in Isaiah, especially chapters 40 and 41.
The promises in Isaiah 40 and 41 are amazing in that we all run out of strength. “Even youth and young men grow tired and weary.” This is true for all of us… But his promise is to renew our strength as we hope in him.
Hoping in the Lord is a mutual partnership… knowing that God is for us and that he loves us… As we prepare our resume, send out letters and make calls to potential employers, believing that God will open doors for us.
Can the phone simply ring on its own? Can someone refer an employer to us and they call us out of the blue?
I’ve had it happen more than once over the course of my prior advertising career. Maybe three times?
The company I was working for went under. We had just done a big presentation to our largest client when we were met at the elevators, handed a paycheck and were told, “Cash it. Now.”
I decided to just relax for a few days, stay at home with Bonnie and figure out what our next move would be. I was in bed when the phone rang… It was someone from another agency who had heard I was available. They asked me to come in for an interview. I showered, got dressed and drove to Cincinnati, was asked to come back the next day for another interview, and was offered a position.
Yes, it can work that way… but wisdom suggests that we do our part…
In Ephesians 6, the passage about putting on the whole armor of God… it simply states, “after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…”
We put on the armor of God, do all that we know to do… trusting him along the way. After that, when we don’t know what else to do, or we’ve done everything that we know to do… we stand. Trusting him as we stand… and wait… for the phone to ring.
I love the adventure of trusting God… waiting to see how he will move. I’m all about the story of how God did whatever he is going to do in my life.
After praying for people, I always ask them to report back to me about their healing, job interview, how God helped them financially, etc…
No one can convince me that God isn’t faithful. I’ve experienced his faithfulness over and over and over in my life!
His promise is, when we are tired from standing, he will renew our strength… to keep standing!
Thank you Lord for your faithfulness… not just in terms of providing for my needs, but for your protection, guidance and wisdom.