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January 18, 2013

One Month to Love | Day 5

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.”  Isaiah 40:28-29 (NIV)

What is your view of God?  Even Job, of whom God said was one of the most righteous men who ever lived, had to repent of his limited view of God.  It’s so easy to humanize God and deify ourselves that we miss the greatness of His power and the magnitude of His love for us.  Like Job, our view of God should be ever expanding.  With every passing day and each circumstance in life, we have the opportunity to experience God with increasing faith.  The New Testament tells us to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.  We do that as we come before Him in solitude and meditate on who He is as revealed in Scripture.  As we do, our view of God enlarges with greater confidence that He is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. In today’s Lectio Divina the prophet Isaiah is challenging the people of God with their view of God.  Circumstances had led them to believe that God no longer cared or had somehow lost track of them.  They were making the same mistake we often make, trying to determine what God is like from our circumstances —if things are going great then God must be great and if things are going poorly, God must not care or at best, not have the power to handle the situation. How we think of God has a huge impact on the way that we relate to Him.  So what is your view of God?  As your clear your mind of the distractions or circumstances you are dealing with today, I want to challenge you to consider them in light of this passage just as the prophet Isaiah intended for Israel to do then. Are the circumstances you are facing giving you a distorted view of God?  Read the passage out loud and allow the Holy Spirit to redirect your thinking.  What is He revealing about God’s character to you today?  Whose opinion will you choose to believe?  Now read it out loud again and ask God how He wants you to respond.  Give yourself time to make that response.  Like Job, you may need to repent of a wrong view of God.  The word repent simply means to change the way you think.  As you change the way you think about God, your relationship with God will change.  It will become more intimate and personal with greater confidence in all that He is!

As you read the passage one final time, experience the strength God promises to the weary and the power He offers the weak. Thank Him for being your strength today.