The past 4 months have been some of the most trying months since we’ve lived in Mexico. There have been both spiritual and personal warfare taking place. That’s probably part of the reason why this is my first blog post of the new year.
A few weeks ago, as I was preparing for yet another trip, I felt very overwhelmed, discouraged, and exhausted. As I was in my office frantically trying to get my list of 1,000 things done I received this wonderful text from my wife:
“I read this chapter this morning and was encouraged and it reminded me that God is in control and knows everything that is happening here! I hope this helps you to not be discouraged! I love you!”
She then texted me Isaiah chapter 35. The chapter only has 10 verses, however, verses 3 and 4 greatly encouraged me….
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Later that day, Ayantu came into my office. “Daddy, I hear that your sad.” “Yes, sweetie, Daddy has been having a very hard time lately.” She then presented me with another one of her pictures she colored. I think it was the craft they worked on at Bible study.
“Alabare al Señor con todo mi corazon. Todos tus maravillas contare," (Salmos 9:1)
“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works,” (Psalm 9:1)
How in the world can we praise the Lord with our WHOLE HEART when at times it feels like we can barely utter a sound? How can we tell of ALL His marvelous works when it seems that the world around us is caving in? We can because we serve a God who ”strengthens our weak hands and makes firm our feeble knees,”; because we have the comfort from the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3); because when our heart is overwhelmed, we have a good, good Father who leads us to “the Rock that is higher than I,” (Psalm 61).
I pray that anyone reading this who is in a similar place of discouragement might take great comfort in these precious words from our Lord!