The Fine Art of Failure: Week 3 - Day 4

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, this world is so full of discouraging darkness.  Help me to rely on Your power to be faithful to the calling You give me daily to be “salt and light” to overcome this darkness.

 

Read: Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV

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.

 

Reflect: 

Most of us remember Christ’s admonition to be salt and light to the world in the Sermon on the Mount.  That is, light to the darkness to expose evil and salt to preserve what is good.  This is the challenge we need to accept but there is a caution we need to remember.  You can’t be salt and light if you run out of energy.  It is easy to get busy doing the work of the Lord and forget to look at him as the source of the strength.

 Several years ago I was serving as an elder, chaired the building committee, taught a Sunday school class and worked 50 hours a week in my secular job.  I was a very busy individual without time to refuel.  I “ran out of gas” so to speak.  The doctor put me on half day bed rest. 

 A friend gave me a little book entitled, How to Run and Not be Weary.  I don’t remember the author but I definitely remember the subject.  It was an exposition of Isaiah 40:28-31.  It was just the tonic I needed.  I realized I had been so intent in my work both for my job and the church I was not taking the time to focus on the Lord.  I needed the quiet time in prayer and study of His word.  I also needed to listen for him speak rather than head out on my own resources.  I praise God that he brought me up short and gave this not-so-subtle reminder that he is in charge, I‘m not.

 I would like to say that I learned my lesson from this set back but like the Israelites throughout Judges, God still has to periodically remind me he’s in charge and that I need to stop and center on him if  am going to be effective “salt and light.”

 

Apply:  

This week periodically take the time to stop, look and listen to God so that you can “Run and Not Be Weary.”?

 

 Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, you call Your people to daily and faithfully walk and sometimes run on the path you lead us.  But I can’t do it in my own strength and power.  I praise you that you promise to renew my strength as I hope in you.

 

Terry Schneider