What a fun day at The Church. We focused on our kids and what a God moved in a wonderful way. We’re praying they have a great year.
We all deal with the same thing, the press. We are trying to get to Jesus but there is a press. Understand with me, you’ll always deal with a press around Jesus. Don’t let it stop you.
Sometimes we begin to think we can do it on our own. We can’t afford to think it’s possible for us to make decisions in life without having Him at the center. Let’s learn what it truly is to depend on Jesus in everything.
In Isaiah 40 we find the beginning of promises that were for God’s people. Israel was tired and almost at a place where they felt like all hope was gone. They were suffering because of Assyrians forces and began to wonder if God had abandoned them. They literally felt they had no way out. An inspired Isaiah drives this point home in Isaiah 40:27-31.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
I love everything about the text in Isaiah 40. I love it for me now but I also love the fact that it was a word for God's people while they were yet in a place of worry and fear. It was a word for them while they were IN their struggle. It required their faith.
The Hebrew culture referenced eagles often to highlight characteristics of those that were caring, strong, visionary, courageous, and faithful. The Lord even spoke of eagles in Exodus 19 when he gave Moses a message for the people and said, “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles; wings and brought you to myself.”
Isaiah is communicating to these tired, worn down, chosen people that if you can keep on and stay focused, you will not finish in brokenness, you will finish in victory. You will ‘mount up’ with wings like eagles and soar. The Hebrew for the phrase ‘mount up’ simply means to “go up” or “ascend over a boundary.”
This Independence Day, the boundaries of life and struggles should not hinder the child of God. Worries and fear of tomorrow are not for us. He has promised that our strength would come from Him and that we would be able to soar ABOVE the trial on wings like eagles. Fly above the clouds… spread your wings and soar like an eagle to a place of freedom.
9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.
In this scripture, we find an example of you and I in a desperate moment. Do you know that there are times that you and I literally plan our "death" because we lack faith? Sure we do... maybe not our "ahhh... I am no longer breathing" death, but we do plan the death of dreams, hopes, our future - we often do this.
Elijah was away for a time and God was teaching him how to live on total reliance on Him only. During this time, I believe he was showing the prophet that the people around him would rely on his faith in moments like 1 Kings 17. This woman was literally at the end of her rope. What made this ultimately difficult was that she was not just a woman that said "Yeah, I have nothing better to do with my meal... I'll make you a cake!" No, she pretty much said "I have plans for this!"
The moment this broken widow decided to use what she set aside to fulfill her own plan, she found that God had plans as well. She brought a cake to Elijah and she found that God was a god that could do the unthinkable. The meal was full and the cruse of oil did not lack. That's a good God.
Let me ask you, is there something that you are not doing because of your own plans? Are you holding back because doing what you are feeling might change those plans? It it a trust issue? Do we not believe God can? Or, is it just simply that you don't realize that His desire is for you to live?
Whatever your answer might be to the precious questions, it may just be the very thing that is keeping the so desired provision locked up. Because of that, it is killing off what God has for you. Provision is here, hope is here, He will sustain you. Consider doing what the widow did - give first to the kingdom and then watch an abundance flow from heaven.