ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hope and Soar With the Lord

Updated on December 8, 2015

Fly High with the Lord

Source

Isaiah 40 is one of my favourite scripture passages. Verse 25 starts with the call to lift up our eyes on high. When I heard this being read from the pulpit today it was amazing. I could feel God calling us to lift our eyes from our selves, from self-pity, pride, jealousy, fear and whatever that may inhibit us and to lift our eyes up, away from ourselves to the Creator of our very souls. To the one who gave us the gift of life. When we lift up our eyes, and see the majesty and beauty of God then our hearts will follow. That is how we receive true joy!

What is it that we see when we lift up our eyes on earth? Do we see the majestic sun which gives us warmth, light and even guides our way. How much more does our Heavenly Father give us warmth in our heart and life, light in the midst of our darkest moments and guides us when we seek Him with faith?

Or do we lift up our eyes at night and see the twinkling of the stars or the bright shining of the moon. God has given us so many delights on this earth that twinkle in our lives. Do we thank him for the delight of the flower blowing in the wind or the roar of the ocean as it soothes our pain or the delight of a friend's caring when they take the time to be with us and listen to our concerns?

Then it says that our loving God leads out the army, numbering them and calling all by name. Can you imagine a General knowing every soldier's name and numbering each because they are precious and even indispensable? Well God is infinitely greater than a General! His love is thus infinitely greater! This small piece of scripture reveals so much about the loving nature of God. He cares so much for you. He loves you infinitely!

This awesomeness of God is emphasised in the next verse: "By his great might and the strength of his power not one of them is missing".




Are You Drowning in Your Troubles?

One may find themselves in a what seems like an ocean of problems. Maybe its just one problem that gives you the feeling that you are way over our head and about to drown. Maybe you are going through such a problem right now. You might even think that your destiny is hidden as verse 29 has God questioning. I don't believe that one's destiny is hidden if God wants us to know it. He longs to show us. When it comes to one's vocation God definitely wants us to know what He calls us to. Are we bold enough to ask God what His will is for us? Do we constantly consult Him on what He wants for us? Or are we too proud that we think we can do it on our own.

I often see people going through great struggles when they seek things their way rather than God's way. I believe that while the struggles may remain in life, we can still have joy amidst the greatest struggles as James tell us that we should consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because testing of faith develops perseverance which results in being mature, complete and lacking nothing (see James 1:2-4).

I remember preaching this very verse to Singles For Christ (SFC) members in Manila, Philippines. I even said rather prophetically that this includes someone close to us dying. I never knew that my dear brother, Stephen, had suddenly died that weekend and that my family were trying to get a hold of me.

It's not that we are dancing when someone close to us dies. The sudden death of my brother left me reeling in shock. It was like a knife going into my heart! The hardest part was knowing I would never see him on earth again. God gives us the strength to first grieve and to even know with faith where that person resides, including the faith that our prayers for God's mercy will be heard. I knew without a doubt that Stephen was in heaven.




The Hope of the Lord is Your Strength

Verse 30 tells us that the Creator of the ends of the earth gives strength to the weary and for those who are weak he makes vigour abound. This is where we have the duty to pray for the weak. We should not despise the weak, but pray for them and where we can help them. Scripture also tells us that we should always give to someone who begs from us. It doesn't say that we should or shouldn't give them money, so we can give a beggar money, or food. What is demanded of us is our time. Do we take the time to treat the beggar with the dignity that they deserve? Do we even dare hold a conversation with them? Or do we reluctantly dig into our pocket to give them the bare minimal? Try blessing a beggar by taking the time to get them some food and even talk to them. Remember how scripture says it is in giving that we receive.

The next verse (32) is what the above picture is all about. It speaks of young men struggling through weariness and youths (men and women) staggering and falling. They may be falling due to focusing on their own strength and maybe they are falling because they have been tempted to sin. But God offers tremendous hope! He offers a way out! Verse 33 says, "They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint."

Are you wanting to soar with God? Then put your full trust and hope in Him. He will not disappoint you because He loves you personally and infinitely.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)