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. (Isaiah 40:28 NIV)
I finish some weeks completely exhausted. This was one of those weeks where I was totally spent by the time I got home from work Friday. I literally had nothing left. I wanted to have a bite to eat, mindlessly watch some TV and go to bed.
Luckily, God is not that way. He never tires, he is everlasting and will never let weariness keep him from our side. There is a assurance in that knowledge. He is always there for us, understanding of our weariness and wanting nothing more than to take the cares of the world on for us.
That feels pretty good to this weary soul.
26 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. (Isaiah 40:26 NIV)
When we consider God, who made everything, we can rest in His greatness. The fact that he has us in his hand and will let nothing happen to us that is not within his control.
His power and strength are there for us to lean on and rely upon. Nothing in this world can keep us from that connection.
It is easy to let the world get us down, to let circumstance cause us to fear, but God is above all of that. And whether or not we see or understand the outcome, He does and He is working it to our best outcome.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)
We work hard to make our way in this life. We learn, we grow we work and we scrape a place for ourselves. Through it all we think we are planning our course, but God is directing our steps.
This is easy to forget, especially in the face of adversity. We can get discouraged by troubles or that things are not going according to our plan. Ultimately, it may be this way so that God can work a different outcome.
We must only trust that He has us every step of the way.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
I encourage people to use A to Z thinking, not looking at a situation in the moment but in the fullness of time. When we take the time to look at something like this, we become less shortsighted and consider all the possibilities.
If we only look A to B then often times a situation can appear insurmountable. However, with God and time all things are possible.
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16a NIV)
There is a correct path for us to walk in this life. Many will say there are many ways, but for us, there is one correct path. We must seek this path and then walk in it.
One path may lead to another, and yet another but if we stay true to God and ourselves even though our path may change, we know we are on the path He set for us.
Finding the good way is typically not hard. It is just that the wrong way is often inticing. Keep to the good way.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:5-6 NIV)
Let’s face it, things fail. People fail us, cars quit, watch batteries run down. Everything has a cycle of life. For something to be truly unfailing, now that would be quite a feat.
God’s love for us is unfailing and his salvation is always there for us to take accept. We are covered for our many failings by the one who never failed.
So shouldn’t we rejoice because God has been good to us, unfailingly.
2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV)
On this Fathers Day we should consider honoring our parents. I get that not everyone grew up in a household where the father deserved honor. However, there are others who we may look up to as exemplary, and worthy of our honor.
I hope you do feel you can honor your father today. If not, I pray there was/is someone in your life you can honor in this way.
Fathers are callable and we are not always deserving of our children’s honor. But most of us try very hard to not fall short of our families.
Honoring the fathers out there today and we can always honor the Holy Father!