Devotional December 26, 2018

Isaiah 40:29-31
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on 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.

Building trust in God will build perseverance to finish the race…

The man who works and does his best may feel neglected or alone at home. He can go out drinking to numb the hurt while seeking to fill that void from women and outside influences.

The women who is seeking love and acceptance from selfish men. Most of these men are trying to ‘escape’ their own demons by using others to lift themselves up.

The Child brought up in a broken home, product of broken or absent parents. That child might turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and repeat a variable of the same cycle.

Here is one more variation…

The man who has made work his God. The man is physically present yet spiritually lacking at home. The unspoken spiritual battle takes a toll in the heart. The man’s family feels spiritually abandoned even when he is home.

The woman who quietly sits alone feeling taken for granted and unappreciated turns away from her husband in a cry for love that is lacking in his presence.

The child who witnesses an unspoken brokenness in his parents begins to act out and does not know how to verbalize their own brokenness having never witnessed the healing of healthy vulnerable communication.

An endless amount of scenarios with one answer, Jesus!  The cycle of sin will repeat itself in different variations until we seek strength from within yet beyond ourselves. Strength to endure the self-evaluation and repentance of the sin in our lives... Jesus is that love that springs forth in our darkest valleys. That love covers a multitude of sins and heals us from within.

No matter where we look to fill our cup nothing will quench this thirst in our broken hearts. Relationships fall short.

Sexual exploits lose their vigor.

Drugs and alcohol fall short.

Power and money fall short.

Work and achievements fade.

The counterfeit is like water we can’t absorb. Dying of a thirst we can’t comprehend. Deceived by sin as a substitute for God’s love, we search for water as we are drowning in sin. Through prayer, the Spirit can plead on our behalf in ways we are not aware of. For things, we do not understand. Jesus can turn us from self-destructive sin and quench our thirst for unconditional love. I will not live in the shadow of my ego but in the light of Jesus Christ is where strength is perfected in my weakness.

Romans 8:26
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Father,
Build me up and break me down as you see fit. I will endure these many trials by Your strength.

The strength that breaks our dependency on unhealthy seeking. The strength that finishes the race to overcome our struggles. In You we find our cup overflows never runs dry. Let our hearts never thirst for love when we know the truth! Your well is everlasting!!

Amen

Blessings,

Shawn O’Donnell

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