Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. Isaiah 40:31 MSG
Everyone complains! I believe it’s human nature to be focused on things we see in the natural realm. The reason this passage caught my eye was that the writer knows how to pull people up by the collar and get their attention off the bad and onto the good. He’s reminding the children of Israel that there is a God who is a greater force than the physical realm they live in.
People may come and go. Problems will come and go, but God, He lasts FOREVER! Even when you feel like dropping out of life, throwing in the towel and walking away from it all, God puts fuel in your tank and causes you to burn again. All you have to do is focus on the good in God and not the bad in your business.
How do you do that? I always draw my example from David’s Psalms. He complained, was angry, vented, felt sorry for himself, but always refocused on God, the Rock of his salvation. The Lord his shepherd. His Strong Tower and Help in time of trouble. Deliverer, Fortress, Peace, Righteousness, Protector, Vindicator, Judge…….I think you get the picture.
I like to say it this way, “My Dad is bigger! He can take care of you!” Each time I find myself being dragged to the pit of discouragement, I remind myself that the outcome is in His hands, not mine. My job is to obey and His is to watch over me, protect me, provide for me and deliver me. If I worship Him and focus on Him, I will laugh again because my hope is in the Lord.
Father, when I think of Your goodness and what You’ve done for me, there are no possible words to express the overwhelming feeling I have inside of me. Forgive me for allowing circumstances to distract me from my purpose. I’m your daughter! You’ve empowered me to burn brightly in this world and be contagious in my burning. If I focus on You and listen to Your voice, I will continue to be affective for Your Kingdom and purposes. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.