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I recently went on a trip which was quite challenging. Good, but a serious challenge. After about two weeks in a distant time zone, being sleep deprived, I was on my way home at last. Finally, at an airport in my home time zone, some 44 hours after having awakened for final meetings and my trip, I was spotted by a proud parent and a class of Navy recruits going to take up their first assignment after boot camp. “Lord, have mercy. Help me speak words of comfort, assurance, and grace even though I basically can’t stay awake.”
Isaiah 35:3-7 speaks to God’s servants. Bring strength through the encouragement of God! It doesn’t matter who you are, what time it is, or whether you are fully conscious. Granted, it is better to speak with people when you are in a condition to think and remember. But regardless, God can use His words in those who face trials.
What is the result of our words of hope? In verses 5-7 God brings miraculous strength. He turns a life of fear and danger into security and hope. God’s Word is powerful.
I wish I had some recollection of what I said or how I could encourage those people more, but I don’t. However, we trust the Lord knows all about their needs and will continue to care for them. So it is with much of our life. We pray the Lord will make us faithful. Then He works it all out according to His will.
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