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For I will [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person. Jeremiah 31:25 AMPC
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Isaiah 40:29 AMPC
Holding on to hope in the midst of challenges can feel like holding on to a single shaky rock while hanging off the edge of a cliff. Feet dangling. Palms sweaty. Little specks of dust getting into your eyes, blurring your vision. Every follower of Jesus experiences seasons when the soul feels weary. Weary from hoping against hope. Sometimes there’s no indication in the natural that all will be well. Some of us feel like it has taken all our strength just to keep believing that God is working all things together for our good.
For the ones who feel sorrow. To those who feel their strength waning. For those of us holding onto the edge of the cliff. God promises to replenish all our power. To restore our vigor. To give us what it takes to keep going. Where sadness or disappointment have eaten away at our conviction of God’s goodness. Where our joy has been left in shreds. God promises to fill us up. To meet our need with nothing lacking. He will satisfy our weary souls. Only He can do that.
Some of us feel faint. Thirsty for a drop of good news in a desert of troubles. Yet we press on. Grasping after mirages of hope. Only to find that hope in anything but God does not satisfy. Cannot fill us up. Waiting on God is anything but passive. It takes such spiritual fortitude to stand firm on God’s word. Especially when our circumstances seem to contradict our hope. When life calls our faith into question with troubles, we need strength to keep believing. When we feel alone, to believe that God will never leave us nor forsake us. When we feel afraid, to believe that we were given power, love and sound minds instead of fear. When anxiety is causing our hearts to burst through our chests. To believe that we have been given Jesus’ peace.
To those of us who feel faint. Those who feel their strength dwindling. Those who feel like they’re crumbling inside. God promises to increase our strength. But not just to increase it. He promises to multiply it. Not just to multiply it. No, God promises to cause our strength and power to abound. To multiply our strength until it abounds and overflows.
May we all come boldly before the throne of grace today. Leaving our masks and pretenses behind. May we come openly declaring our need of God’s strength. Being honest and vulnerable before Him in our weakness. Let us stretch our hands up and lay every one of our concerns at His feet. Knowing that God is faithful to do as He promised. To fill us in the empty places. To satisfy us where we are wanting. And to multiply our strength abundantly.
Love & Blessings,