Devotional for Friday, July 31 from Pastor Chris Pieters
Hello Friends from Community
This is Pastor Chris Pieters checking on Friday, July 31st – End of July…Wow!
Today I share one of my favorite verses that God has been
27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 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.
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.
Last week I helped our daughter Brittany & Mark Winter and Sloan (granddaughter) load up and move to El Paso, Texas where Mark will be serving as a helicopter pilot in the Army at Fort Bliss.
Moving is always a struggle as most of us loathe the process of packing boxes, loading heavy furniture, and then unloading all the stuff once you get to your new home.
It can be exciting to start fresh in a new home but I just really hate moving.
My kids and I had 2-3 huge days of packing, cleaning, and loading the moving truck and then driving to El Paso. When we finally arrived at the new house we were exhausted and very ready to get settled in the new home. Unfortunately when we opened the door to the new rental home, it was not move-in ready and we uncovered many safety concerns. We concluded that we needed to find a new place to live. The stress levels were high and we all were just exhausted!
Perhaps you know that kind of tired! I have been sensing that many of us are weary these days.
Weary of the struggles with Covid-19 and all the confusion in how to respond
Weary of being isolated and alone
Weary of the struggle for justice and healing for our nation
Weary of the battle against an illness or disease
Weary of trying to figure out what school, sports, work, church will be like this FALL
Weary of searching for a job
Over the past few weeks, God has been using these verses from, Isaiah 40:27-31 to bring strength, comfort, and perspective to me when I need to let go of my need to control or fix a problem.
Back to my moving story…Unsure of how to proceed, We started praying and asking God for wisdom and strength. And then step by step, God started answering our prayers. We found a great place to stay for two nights. My kids found a new rental house that had just been listed and was ready for immediate move-in! The owner of the original rental house changed his demeanor and was willing to release my kids from their lease agreement. We met a kind retired couple who are the kids’ new next-door neighbors. There are still challenges ahead for my kids as they get settled but it was amazing to see God work.
You may be facing a situation that seems like it cannot be fixed. You may be weary and ready to throw in the towel. We face some big challenges right now but we worship the Everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the Earth! Today I remind each of us actively WAIT – TRUST – HOPE in the LORD and see how he can restore your spirit and provide the strength you need as follow Christ in this unexpected season.