By Shalome Nolan
As we come to the close of January, it may come with a few mixed feelings. While some may be leaping into February with lightness, I know I have spent past years disappointed in the way the year has started out. I’m grateful though, that we are loved by a God that doesn’t box us in where we start!
Isaiah 40:30 says “Even the youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall…” It’s not a physical tiredness, but a tiredness deep in us that only He can restore to what He intended- a well for His presence. “…but those that 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.”
Hoping in God requires trust. Another word may be faith. If faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), there are perhaps a couple of questions that may be good for us to reflect on, like “how much time am I spending reading the Bible and does this need to change?” and “do I believe that God’s promises are real for my life today?”
The psalmist David wrote “He restores my soul.” Here are a few synonyms that can replace ‘restores’… He rebuilds my soul. He reconstructs my soul. He mends my soul. He reconditions my soul. I challenge you to speak these over yourself. It may feel a little awkward to start with, but you are declaring God’s promise over your soul- and the Word of God coming from your mouth is powerful! Read Isaiah 40:28-31.
I find it pretty cool that instead of God simply washing us of our sin like rinsing off dirt, He instead made us new. He renewed us in a way that no man ever could, and He never stops renewing us. It’s because of this that even if our year has started off with heartbreak, rejection, addiction -or anything else that tears you up inside, we can keep moving forward as we trust in Him. He never changes, and He promises that if we hope in Him, our strength will be restored and the things you thought you couldn’t get through or be free from are broken in Jesus’ name.
So if I may, I encourage you to allow Him to pierce into the most tired, damaged, broken parts of you so that He may drive out the darkness and replace it instead with what He says about you, which with it brings a peace that surpasses our comprehension.
God is just getting started with you.