Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Thursday after the Last Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Isaiah 40:27-31 (NKJV)
40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
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.
“But they that wait upon 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.”
The Lord is ever faithful. Nevertheless, He works on His own timetable, according to His own wisdom. As Israel bears the hardships they have brought upon themselves by their own sin and rebellion—even though they repent, and yet deliverance from their hardships does not occur then and there—they say, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God.” True faith knows not to demand immediate gratification from God.
Notice the order in the verse above: from flying, to running, to walking. Many imagine it should be the other way! But as we mature in our faith, it becomes less ecstatic, more sober, more disciplined; the calm devotion of a steady walk. In that steady devotion to Christ and His Word we calmly confess that there is no hardship we do not deserve, nor any burden from which our faithful God will not finally release us, for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord.
We pray: Heavenly Father, we give You thanks that Jesus unfairly suffered for our transgressions. Grant us so to endure all that seems unfair, confidently trusting that You will make all things right in Your time, according to Your mercies. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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