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No sweeter joy. No deeper comfort. No greater truth. Than knowing that You are for me.

All trial, pain, suffering, does not compare.

Yet this is the truth that the prowling one seeks to devour. He sows seeds of distrust in a time when it’s reality is needed the most. Just when despair takes a foothold in my heart, Your Word finds its way through this deception. 

Isaiah 40:26-31:

26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 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.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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.”

In this passage He pleads with me to lift up my eyes to behold a display of his power. He turns my attention to a cry within me that I have not voiced. He then gently reminds me of who He is. He draws my attention to His character. He affirms His active care in the present. Then makes a promise for the future. 

What greater assurance do I have of Your love than the cross? May the cross He carried silence every doubt. May it expose every lie. May it still every fear. 

The love displayed in Christ is no flimsy thing. It is a love that radically endures, pursues and breaks down every pretence and every defence. Not just a love that speaks but a love that acts. A love that has been proved and tested by fire. 

Not a ‘crutch’ but a declaration that pierced humanity, that can’t be ignored.

Lord please help me to find my identity only in You. 

Help me to rest in the knowledge that You are for me. 

And when I forget and retreat into this facade, bring me face to face with that rugged cross.

 

 

 

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