Encouragement for Today - May 20, 2009

May 20, 2009


Father, Comforter, Disciplinarian

Melissa Taylor


"…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)        



Have you ever opened a book and read a passage and been amazed because it was exactly what you needed to hear?  And you felt like it was written and sent just to you on that day at that moment? Some may call it a coincidence, but I call it a gift from God! 


Last night I did not sleep. I recently had surgery on my left foot. Yesterday the doctor gave me the green light to put full weight on that foot again. For the first time in three weeks, I walked using that foot. I was so happy not to use crutches or limp around that I got a little carried away.  Last night I awoke in such great pain, I cried.  Finally I took some pain medication, but I never could go back to sleep. 


This morning I am absolutely exhausted! I'm tired physically, mentally, and emotionally. I'm tired from no sleep. I'm tired of trying so hard to function. I'm ready to run and I can't. I'm frustrated. I'm weak. I'm what Isaiah calls "weary." 


This morning I opened my devotion book for a healthy dose of God's Word. I was overjoyed when I read the words from Isaiah.  It was exactly what I needed to hear: “My strength will be renewed because I have hope in the Lord.”


I have hope in the Lord because He is my Father. I can trust Him and count on Him to keep His Word.  My heavenly Father is always with me, something my earthly parents can't be.


I have hope in the Lord because He is my Comforter.  My foot may hurt and my emotions are unbalanced. I don't feel very comfortable at the moment, but I am comforted.  My Comforter supplies me with the love, peace, and hope I need to know I'm going to be okay.


I have hope in the Lord because He is my Disciplinarian. I have to admit, this isn't my favorite characteristic of Him. But I know without it, I'd be out of control!  I need a strong hand to guide me and keep me in line. I actually feel safe and secure because my Father disciplines me.  I know it is through that discipline that I am strengthened. I also know He disciplines me because He loves me.


I may be weak today, but what a great place to be. It draws me closer to the One I need most. My Father, my Comforter, my Disciplinarian.


Dear Lord, I have found my hope in You!  Thank You for being there to provide for me as my Father, Comforter, and Disciplinarian.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Related Resources: 

The Woman I am Becoming by T. Suzanne Eller

Self Talk Soul Talk by Jennifer Rothschild


Visit Melissa's blog


Application Steps: 

If you are exhausted, drained, and ready to quit, read Isaiah 40:28-31. 

Rest in knowing that the Lord will renew your strength.



Where do I go for hope and comfort?


Maybe I need to have more time with God today.


Power Verses:

Isaiah 40:28-31, "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 youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like an eagle; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk, and not faint.” (NIV)    



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Originally published Wednesday, 20 May 2009.