A Sermon Echo from Sunday, January 19th

(A “Sermon Echo” is a short reminder or elaboration of something I preached or heard on a previous Sunday.)

One hundred years ago we began a new decade that came to be known as, The Roaring Twenties! It was so named due to the tumultuous nature of that decade.

Thinking about the decade that lies before us, I suggest that with intentionality we strive to make it our own personal, Soaring Twenties!

Isaiah 40:28-31 says,

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Too often on our spiritual journey we grow tired and weary and we stumble and fall. Wouldn’t it be great if instead we could SOAR on wings like eagles? Run and not grow weary? Walk and not be faint? To say that would be great would be an understatement.

The good news is, is that it is entirely possible! Isaiah gives the key: “Put your hope in the Lord!”

This passage has also been translated as, “wait up on the Lord.” The term translated as hope or wait comes from a family of synonyms that also include the ideas believe in, trust, long for, and faith. Dr. John Hartley said the meaning is, “Enduring patiently in confident hope that God will decisively act for the salvation of his people.”

To restate it: No matter what else this potentially tumultuous decade may hold, endure patiently, hoping, believing, and waiting for God to decisively act! If you do that, for you, this will be the SOARING TWENTIES!

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