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The Bible tells us that God was at work in Jesus, bringing about God’s will in the world.

But you may wonder just what that looks like. What was God up to in the life of Christ?

This time you have chosen to give yourself to quiet devotion may give you a clue. See if you can learn more about God now.

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Listen

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

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Think

Through the prophet Isaiah, we are reminded that God is God. Jesus came to remind us of that as well. Through Jesus' ministry, life, death, and resurrection we can be reminded of God’s power and have faith in God’s power at work in our own lives.

The book of Isaiah tells us that belief in God’s power can strengthen us. Isaiah tells us that “those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.” But what does it mean to “wait for the Lord?” Isaiah doesn’t tell us that we receive renewed strength just because we want it. It says renewed strength is for those who wait for the Lord. To me, this means living the way a servant waits on someone — standing by, patiently asking what to do next.

Are you waiting on God? Or are you waiting on something else?

Susan Reed

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Pray

God who strengthens us, I often struggle with my focus, serving things that are not of you. Help me to turn my attention to you so that I may wait on you and know your power. Amen.

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Go

Whatever you are facing,
No matter how hard the road,
Christ is still in Jesus,
Helping to carry your load.

Susan Reed

Susan Reed is an associate pastor (minister with youth and college students) at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Susan is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and aspires to be more “green.”

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