I read this great reminder today from my friend Jon Courson in his devotional called “A Day of Feasting.” I pray it blesses you as much as it blessed me:
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear!Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” – Isaiah 35:3-4
How are we to strengthen people who feel weak or fearful? We are to tell them the Lord is coming. That’s not “pie in the sky” theology. It’s God’s Word given to us practically. The way to strengthen people – whether yourself or others – is to say, “Fear not. Be strong. Your God will come and save you.”
We’re pilgrims, gang, on our way to a city with foundations (Hebrews 11:10) – a place that is solid and secure, a place that won’t shift with the changing winds of commerce or culture – Heaven. If we lose sight of this, if we begin to think this is all there is, we become vulnerable to discouragement and depression. “Lord,” we’ll cry, “will I ever get the job I want? Will I ever lose the weight I want? Will it ever be right between sisters and brothers?” I can get so discouraged if I think this is all there is. But if I realize God’s coming back and will set all things right, I can go on.
– Jon Courson