December is a crazy month for most people. The husband, dad, and worship leader in me desires to abide deeply in Jesus during Advent. If I don’t, the weight of these roles this time of year can overwhelm me.
This year, in an effort to help our family and worship team abide in Jesus this month, we are going through Waiting Here For You, an Advent devotional by Louie Giglio.
Even though God gives us gifts on this earth that reveal His goodness, our cup here can ultimately only ever be half full. We are all waiting to be with Jesus for all of eternity, where our cup will finally be filled to the brim.
So, while my wife and I receive joy from our kids, the community we have at church, and our families, we still have days when we are exhausted and sad. It’s not that God isn’t good, it’s just that we aren’t complete in Him yet, and so even the best things in life can’t bring the complete fulfillment they were meant to because of The Fall.
Last week, I was up early one morning reading the Advent devotional after a difficult day for our family (you know – tantrums, up in the night, wondering if you’re parenting well, etc.). These particular words from Isaiah spoke volumes to me as an encouraging word for my wife and I:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40
We are waiting here on earth for Jesus to come back and restore things to how they ought to be. We live in a world where sin and death have permeated everything.
But the good news is that Jesus came to conquer sin and death and can increase the power of the weak. He can renew their strength. He can allow them to run when when they are weary. And the “they” here is us so this is great news!
Where are you feeling like you can’t right now?
You can’t, but He can.
Run to Him today, believing that His promise to increase your power is true.
The weight of this month may not decrease, but the power of Jesus in you can increase to help you walk through it – not wearily, but in power. His power.