“They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”Isaiah 40:31
Isaiah 40:31, my favorite verse…
There is so much hope and faith in God’s promises found in this verse. As we reach the half way point of week 2 of Advent, we begin to renew and strengthen our faith in God’s promises that He brings to each of us. In that promise, there lies great hope and perseverance.
I think this verse is my favorite because it is a verse that speaks to my heart about endurance and persevering in life circumstances. Through my journey, just as many of you may have experienced, perseverance in faith provides the endurance to withstand all that seems overbearing and impossible.
Jesus also tells us similar words, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
In Isaiah, the Lord tells us that He will give us whatever we need to strengthen us through our journey. This season we celebrate the gift of our savior that God gives to us because He loved us so much. This baby, born on Christmas morning, comes offering to bear the load with us and to give us rest as we surrender to him that which is too hard to plow through.
Perhaps, today our message is to accept Jesus’ invitation to help us bear the load, to help relieve our anxieties of COVID-19, the stress of finances, the stress of the holidays, the stress of the election, and whatever other stresses life presents to you.
Today, I invite you to surrender those burdens in the fields you plow and allow Jesus to plow the field with you, lightening your load.