Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the question of the week: “With less than two weeks away, how will my renewed commitment to discipleship express itself in service to others?”
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for 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 really encourage you this week to go back and read this passage from verse 21 at the start of the reading. I usually only put a portion of the reading in to save space – but in fact read the whole chapter.
We often say that we can see how big and awesome God is by looking at his creation. But for many, knowing his love and grace to us is not as obvious. A glance into the night sky would not lead us to conclude that we matter so much to God that he worries about the same things that vex little old us. But that’s where the revelation of Scripture comes in. It tells us so many wonderful things, not the least of which is that we matter. We are loved.
The promise of these verses is for those who wait on the Lord. These are the ones who will find new strength to carry them through the trials of life. Our word “comfort” comes from the Latin “cum fortes” to give strength.? As our Comforter, God gives us new strength when we learn to wait on Him.