#slowitdownSunday / God, I give this week to You

the daily Starr slow it down Sunday

What are we without a Savior?

I’ve tried to do things on my own. Striving. Hustling. Manipulating. The results are always the same when I leave God out of the equation and operate in my own power.

Flat out failure.

Not to mention it leaves me utterly exhausted and burns the bridges of relationships all around when I retreat to the default hello-my-name-is-Starr-and-I’m-a-control-freak version of me.

Right here, right now – I’m laying down the week ahead directly at the throne of my heavenly Father. He knows the path before me. He sees the twists and unexpected turns. His thoughts about this week are higher than my own.

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I am not in control, no matter how hard I try to be.

This is on my heart tonight as I take a few moments to #slowitdownSunday :

Isaiah 30:18-26 NLT

18So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.

For the LORD is a faithful God.

Blessed are those who wait for his help.

19O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.

20Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes.

21Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

22Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!”

23Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock. 24The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff blown away by the wind. 25In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill. 26The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the LORD begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.

I can’t possibly explain to you the meaning of this scripture in my own life tonight. God is so faithful to open His Word and breathe life into us exactly when we need it. This I know is true.

Wherever you are tonight, I invite you to come into His arms and talk. Let our Father know everything on your heart and give it to Him, right now. He’s listening. He’s faithful.

And no matter what is ahead this week, He’s still God, our good, good Father.

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6 comments

  1. From the verses you shared: Isaiah 30:18-26 NLT

    18 So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.

    It is a little crazy to think about God waiting on us for anything, but if there is anything I have learned from my own faith journey, it is that our God is patient, and he is a gentleman. He will not force himself on us. He isn’t in the business of “making” us love him or want him. He does desire us, and he does want us to desire him, but he won’t force that on us at all. He does wait for us to come to him. How crazy is that!?

    I know this in my heart, but sometimes, when I read it, especially in scripture, it still catches me off guard. He is sovereign, but he WAITS on me to come to him! It says He “must” wait! Gah! What a mighty God we serve!!!!!!

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    • I love this, Heather!!! I feel ya. God waits a WHOLE LOT on this girl right here. It’s like Paul – the things I want to do I don’t and the things I don’t want to do, well, I do.

      But God!! His strength can overcome my weaknesses!!!! And He is sooo mighty!!!!!

      Lord, we give it ALL to You!!!

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