We are Weak but He is Strong – Week of February 5, 2024

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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even you grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

Isaiah 40:28-31

There are pictures of my nephew sleeping everywhere. On the table, under the table, on a bench at the playground, and even on top of a garbage can during the Disney World parade. When he is tired, he sleeps—no matter where he is or what is going on around him.

Have you ever been THAT tired? So tired that you can sleep anywhere? Or perhaps you feel very fatigued but can’t stop to rest. You feel as though you have to “push through” the busy day, only to get up the next day and do it all again. It’s difficult to do tasks well and faithfully when we are tired. It’s hard to give the best that we have when we are weary and don’t have the energy.

What’s more, the devil knows our weaknesses. He sees our fatigue and uses it to try to separate us from God. The devil wants us to give in to our fatigue and doubt God and his promises. And then we do–we give in to his temptation and our selfish desires. We do the things that we know we shouldn’t do, and then excuse ourselves by saying “I was just tired.”

Yes, the devil knows our weaknesses. BUT the good news is, so does God. God is our creator and we are his creatures. In six days, he made the world and everything in it, using only his power and his words. God understands our needs and weaknesses because he is the one who made us!
We grow weary and weak, but God does not. He never tires. He always gives his best and never leaves a task incomplete. His promises stand firm forever, and his strength goes far beyond our understanding.

We are made strong through the death and resurrection of Jesus, who took all our weaknesses upon himself when he died on the cross. And now that we are his own, he strengthens us. When we trust in God and his promises, asking him for strength, he gives it. God gives us the strength to complete our tasks faithfully.

When we try to rely on our own strength to resist temptation, we fail. It is only through faith in Jesus that we find the strength that we need. And when our body is so fatigued, so weak that we cannot take another breath—God will strengthen us once again. He will take us to our true home, heaven, where we will never grow weary or weak. May God renew our strength as we continue to serve him until he brings us home!

Dear Everlasting Lord and Creator,
You know my weaknesses and failures. Help me to trust in you to give me the strength to resist temptations and complete the tasks that you have set before me. Renew my strength so that I may live for you until you take me to be with you in heaven. Amen.

A Question to Consider:
What truths from God’s Word can you remember the next time that you are tired or weak?

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