A Word for the Weary

On August 26th Hurricane Harvey began a devastating journey across the Texas coastline.  In the days that followed life has been turned upside down and wrong side out and will never be the same for thousands upon thousands of people. As the storm approached and poured down on us, I began to pray like never before.  All I could do was cry out to God and weep over the catastrophe being played out in front of my eyes.  After a few days I began to hear God’s voice above the roar of pouring rain and the images of water rescues being played out over and over again on television. The Lord had a word for me and the Lord has a word for you in the midst of hurricanes, floods, and great loss.   God’s voice is stronger than the winds, . . .

“The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.  The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”  Psalm 29:9-11

deeper than the waters . . .

"Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.  By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me -                                                  a prayer to the God of my life.”   Psalm 42:7

and is never at a loss for words.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  Matthew 24:35

Many years ago a friend told me she had found a verse and suggested that I memorize it.   She said it fit perfectly with my passion for God’s Word. 

“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”     Isaiah 50:4

As I studied this verse further I discovered that it refers to the Messiah, Christ Jesus, the Word who became flesh.  (John 1:14) Jesus is the Word who calls the weary to come to Him for instruction and rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)  His words are always comforting and hope-filled in the midst of our storms.  If we call upon Him, come to Him, pray to Him, and seek Him with all our hearts, He promises us that we will surely find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) There we will hear his voice speak peace, love, and hope in the midst of hurricanes, floods and loss. 

If you are one who experienced the wrath of Hurricane Harvey or are in the midst of your own storm, listen for His voice.  It comes to you with strength to walk you through the ruins as he draws you deeper into His love.  Listen.  He says to you, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  Take hold of them for they are your life!  (Deuteronomy 32:47) 

God’s voice is stronger than the winds, deeper than the waters and is never at a loss for words.

Feasting on the Word!