They that wait upon the Lord

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“Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
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.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
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.”
– Isaiah 40:27-31

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Point: Don’t let the bad news and evil reports get you down. If you put your trust in the Lord, and hope in Him, He will give you rest, and renew your strength. If you don’t know God, then I urge you to stop whatever you are doing, and commit your life to Jesus, who gave His life on the cross to pay the price for your sins. He will receive you, and give you rest.
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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16

~ Trail Dust
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  1. Amen.

     
  2. Beautiful reminder to start the day! Isaiah 40 is one of the most inspiring chapters in the entire Bible!
    There’s definitely an overload of bad news, & true, much of it can be extremely upsetting. Yet knowing the Big Picture re the NWO (& watching the purposeful orchestration of it unfold) allows me to laugh just as often. I give credit for that to the Lord who not only opens our eyes to the who/what/why re these things, but lets us see the humorous foolishness of it all just as He does, & that He holds the conclusion of it all in His hands, where we are very safe indeed:
    “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” (Psalms 2:4:
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+2&version=KJV ).
    (I had to go look up Gadalf, however, since I’d never heard of the guy. I thought maybe he was some long lost relative of Muammar al-Gaddafi. 🙂

     
  3. Thank you for this lovely reminder, TD. Most people who saw the Lord of the Rings movies don’t know this: The “wizard” (or Istari) Gandalf is really a Maiar, whom JRR Tolkien in a letter identified as “the near equivalent” of a guardian angel. Gandalf was one of 5 Maiar sent to Middle-earth as emissaries in the incarnate form of old men “to strengthen the resistance of the ‘good’” against Sauron, who himself was a fallen angel, i.e., a demon. The Istari’s mission is not to directly fight Sauron themselves, but to assist those who oppose evil —- elves, men and hobbits -— by encouraging them to resist Sauron with their own strengths, “to use their own wits and valor, and to unite and endure.” The Istari are to “train, advise, instruct,” and “arouse the hearts and minds” of the resistance, which is why they take on the appearance of old sages.
    Gandalf’s main charge is to battle Sauron by assisting men and hobbits. As he puts it, “The Third Age was my age. I was the Enemy of Sauron.” In that work, the incarnate angel is “capable of pain, and weariness, and of afflicting the spirit with physical fear, and even of being ‘killed,’” although Gandalf’s angelic nature does enable him to endure longer than mortals.
    Bradley J. Birzer, author of JRR Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, notes that as Gandalf, Frodo, and other Christlike self-sacrificing characters in LOTR responds to his or her “calling,” each becomes increasingly “Christian” (that is, Christlike), growing in power and grace.
    Our faith tells us so too will we — grow in power and grace — if we obey God’s call.
    The best definition of Providence I’ve come across is this:
    Providence is the realization of God’s will through good men and women, as we listen to and act in accordance to what He calls us to do.

     
    • traildustfotm

      I think I read that Tolkien called his story applicable to understanding of our world in the Christian world view. He said it was not allegorical, which he would have thought to be too wooden and inflexible. There’s no direct parallel, but plenty of real wisdom, along with a lot of great reading.

       
    • I think you need to tell your readers the origin of the (your) name, Eowyn 🙂

       

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