This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
Today I am thinking about how to renew our strength.
Recently I was reading in the Book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been! They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.
However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray. Quite honestly, this seemed odd to me. I would understand if they cried out to God, or even complained to Him. Yet instead, despite all they had been through, they chose to worship Him.
We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings, but as my dear friend Skye Jethani points out, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.
Personally, my spiritual growth has come from realizing that when my heart is aching, or when I’m anxious about something, or I’m just not in the mood to worship, that it is more important than ever that I take the time to do so. By continuing to praise God and stay hopeful about the great things to come, we renew our strength.
As you think about that, remember these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
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So today, renew your strength in Christ.