From: Rich Carlson
Date: November 16, 2020
Subject: It's November 16; Good Morning Union



“Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?          Isaiah 40:28

Know what? Heard what? “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth!” As we start our last week of the semester I was reminded this morning AGAIN of the importance of focus. I’m knowing a lot of things and I’m hearing a lot of things, but what is the most important thing I’m hearing? Did I get so distracted with politics or pandemics enough that I forgot to focus on that which is a far greater priority than either of these things?

Here’s what I found in my morning musings in chapter 40 and 41 of Isaiah that I offer for your encouragement and focus today.

 

  1. “The Lord IS the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” SO… where is the end of the earth? Can I find the end of a sphere? It’s sort of like Psalm 103- how far is “the east from the west?” There’s no end of the earth and there is no meeting of the east and the west, as there is if He would have said the “north from the south!” So how big is my God today?
  2. “He will not grow tired or weary.” OK, He’s got me there too. I get tired and I get weary. Probably some of you can relate as we come to the end of the semester. I get tired; He doesn’t!
  3. “His understanding no one can fathom”- if I could understand Him I would be Him and that’s definitely not true. It’s good to have something bigger than me!
  4. “He gives strength to the weary”- I may not recognize my need for His strength until I sense my weariness without Him.
  5. “He increases the power of the weak”- Same thing- I may not recognize my need for His power until I sense my weakness without Him
  6. “Those who hope in the Lord WILL renew their strength”- there’s the promise!
  7. “They will soar on wings like eagles”- that would be fun!
  8. “They will run and not grow weary”- as a former marathoner I remember running AND getting weary!
  9. “They will walk and not be faint”- as a current walker I’ve never felt faint!
  10.  “So DO NOT FEAR for I am with you”- fear apparently comes when I don’t keep Him with me. I can’t allow myself to be fearful in this world because that would cripple me and keep me from rising above the world.
  11.  “DO NOT BE DISMAYED” for I am your God”- No God= dismay; Know God= No dismay!
  12. “I will strengthen you and help you”- Promise #2
  13. “I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”- Promise #3

It’s a great piece of scripture, full of guidance on how to set priorities and how not to get distracted, with just enough promise to keep me focused. I can’t get distracted, “Don’t you know, haven’t you heard? The Lord IS the Everlasting God.”

Have a great and confident day as we wrap things up with confidence and trust in our Creator and Sustainer,
Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.”

PS        In case you still have your Operation Christmas Child box you can still bring it by today. We have to bring them to the distribution center tomorrow.