through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
One morning my heart was sad. Although I was half-awake, I started focusing on the wrong thing, and I needed God’s help to refocus my attention and strengthen my heart. Even though I wanted more sleep, I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse I needed.
Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
Isaiah 52:1 NKJV
The “awake, awake!” part got my attention. But more importantly, this verse called on God’s people to put on strength. This passage in Isaiah talks about God restoring His people after they had been in captivity.
Is your heart help captive by something? Too often we let our hearts become captive to sorrow, fear, anger, or sin; and we are lulled into despair or apathy. We may think, Things will always be this way or I just don’t care anymore.
God calls us to “awake!” and depart from our captivity (Isa 52:11). He wants us to leave behind the burdens of guilt and despair, and to embrace His ways instead, His ways that are good for us and build us up in godliness. He wants us to put on strength and to share life’s journey with Him in the fullness of His joy and power. The darkness of weakness and helplessness shatters into a sunrise of strength when we draw close to God, remember who He is and all He has given us, and step forward into the light of His goodness.
After realizing that I had the choice of moving past sadness and adjusting my focus to be on God, my strength returned, and I was able to tackle the day. If a struggle has lulled you into a not-wanting-to-deal-with-it stupor, awake into God’s bright sunshine of joy and strength. He has not left you to handle life on your own. He is always with you. Find strength in His presence with you and in the hope and guidance that’s found in His Word. Put on your strength!
© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman
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