Over the past week, our staff team were blessed to attend the Wollongong Regional Ministry Conference, along with many others who serve in Anglican churches nearby.
A highlight was hearing Archbishop Kanishka offer a word of great comfort and encouragement to us, as we reflected on the challenges of serving during the past two years of the pandemic.
He preached to us from Isaiah chapter 40, where the Lord instructed Isaiah to, “Comfort, comfort my people… speak tenderly… tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned.” (verse 1 and 2)
This, alone, would be enough for us to have relief in the heart-filled word of our Lord.
Yet, this delightful chapter concludes with these wonderful words about the stamina of our God:
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. […] He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (verses 28 to 31).
Our endurance comes from the Lord, who gives us power and strength as we simply trust in him and his goodness.
As Kanishka noted, “the way of comfort for us is to look outward to the God of grace and glory.”
As you reflect on your spiritual journey in the past two years, it’s normal to feel some degree of fatigue and even exhaustion.
But what a delightful comfort to know that the limitations of our creatureliness are a blessing, not a curse.
For, in our weakness and fatigue we are drawn to the rest and comfort of our maker who never grows weak or weary, and who gives us strength, in him.
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