June 10 – Facing a Tough Day?

Isaiah 40: 28 – 31 NLT

“Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.”

Do you find there are days when you feel depressed and just tired of the restrictions that this pandemic has brought? I know that hope is hovering on the horizon as the number of fully vaccinated people rises. But I still feel sad listening to my grand kids upset about not being at school. I appreciate the ability of talking to family online, but I want to be with them in person. For someone who used to avoid malls, I’d even like to just browse through stores and check out things for my house, new styles of clothes, etc. I suspect most of you understand these feelings of sadness, boredom, anxiety, uneasiness. So how does one cope with all this disappointment?

These verses from Isaiah are encouraging for days like that. Just who is our Heavenly Father? He is “the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary.” Your Father is in complete control. He is never asleep and unaware of what is happening to you. He knows completely, totally what you are going through. “No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” Did you get that? He understands exactly how you feel. In fact, his understanding is beyond anything we can comprehend.

He knows that even young people “will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion”. He knows that people of all ages will struggle. He knows that many as a result of the restriction of this pandemic are struggling with mental health issues. And what is your Father able to do? “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless”.

On these days when I am fed up, angry, sad … I can spend some time with my Heavenly Father. For me, the daily walks around the trails of Aspen Pond are the moments when I just talk with Him. The moments when we discuss my feelings and discouragement, the moments when I ask Him to guide my day and bring to my mind things He’d like me to do. And I can remember:

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.”

I have a challenge for you today. Would you post the verse(s) that you have found comforting when you need reassurance? You don’t have to say anything about them – just post them. For someone who is reading today’s devotions, seeing all those verses might be the comfort they need. God will use what you post.

Our song for today is Strength of My Life by Vertical Worship

8 Replies to “June 10 – Facing a Tough Day?”

  1. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

    3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

  2. Proverbs3:5,6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
    Seek His Will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

  3. Phillipians 4:5b-7
    The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  4. Ephesians 3:20
    New Living Translation
    20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

  5. Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.

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