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When I’ve Done All I Can | Luisa Penaherrera
S~ They told him, “this is what King Hezekiah says: This is a day of trouble, insult and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver it. Isaiah 37:3 (NLT)
O~ I read this verse before in Kings or Chronicles and didn’t understand what it meant. The commentaries help:
“Judah is compared to a woman who is trying to give birth to a child but is too weak to deliver. When the situation seemed hopeless, Hezekiah didn’t give up. Instead he asked the prophet Isaiah to pray that God would help his people. No matter how bad your circumstances seem, don’t despair. Turn to God.”
Hezekiah had done a lot of great things in Judah—he turned to God and led the people of Judah to turn to Him as well. Now this powerful king (the King of Assyria) came to attack and was telling the people that they might as well surrender since no one has been able to stand against him. But King Hezekiah turns to God for help.
A~ This verse reminds me that when I have done all I could physically do and it is still not enough, to trust in your strength and your power to carry me through when I turn to you. Also reminds me that you are working, always there, behind the scenes, beyond what I can physically see.
P~ Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that it is not in my human strength that I can do all things but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You for always being there. I love you.
A New Name | Kimi Miller
S~ And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a name that no one understands except the one who receives it. Revelation 2:17c (NLT)
O~ Just as God has given me a new heart, He has also given me a new name – a name that only He and I will know the meaning of. Isn’t it incredible to think that God in His all-knowing and forever presence still wants to be intimate with us?
The name will be engraved (never to be erased) on a white (pure) stone. And only He and I will know what that name means because only He and I know all the details of my life. Every hurt, every pain, every joy, every laughter – He is there with me. The highs, the lows – the moments when I truly felt He was all I had to cling to and the rest of the world had abandoned me. He was – and is still – there.
A~ My Father will never leave me. He is always there with me. In every moment – regardless of the circumstances or my feelings – He is with me.
P~ Hi Dad, It’s me again. Thank You for never leaving me. Thank You for the comfort You grant me and the peace You put in my heart. I can’t wait to learn my new name. I love You. Amen.
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