Evening, January 11
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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.

We live in a sinful, broken world. Sin, sickness and disease, famine, war, poverty, persecution, and frustrations of every kind seem all too common. The world can grind you down. It can wear you out. It can get so bad, Isaiah tells us, that even young men stumble and fall. The prospects for making it all the way through in life can at times seem dim at best.

The Christian, however, has a resource not available to others: hope. The biblical view of hope is not wishful thinking, but sure knowledge of something. It is sure because it is grounded in the God who can be relied upon to come through in the trials, tribulations, and troubles of life. Hope in God can give you the strength you need to get up from a fall and begin walking forward in life again; it can give you the strength to run when necessary; indeed, hope in God can even cause you to soar like an eagle over the problems of life.

The promise of hope Isaiah proclaims does not imply that the brokenness of life will somehow cease to exist. Instead, it is a proclamation of the power of God to give us the strength and power we need in the midst of the brokenness. It is a proclamation of God's ability to give us the wherewithal to go through life, despite what may come along, in strength and victory.

Hope in God is a precious thing to have. If the troubles of life have ground you down to the dust, then "Put your hope in God," like the sons of Korah, and you will be able to proclaim with them "for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (Psalm 42:5).

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 27, 28


Genesis 27 -- Jacob Gets Isaac's Blessing

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Genesis 28 -- Jacob's Flight to Laban and Vision of a ladder

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New Testament Reading
Matthew 9:18-38


Matthew 9 -- Jesus Heals a Paralytic, Calls Matthew and Heals; the Workers are Few

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service.
Insight
The tailors who made Aaron's garments were given wisdom by God in order to do their task. All of us have special skills. God wants to fill us with his Spirit so we will use those skills for his glory.
Challenge
Think about your special talents and abilities. What ways could you use them for God's work in the world? As you focus on helping and giving to others, God will show you the best ways to do it and give you wisdom to accomplish the task.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Luke 22:32  I have prayed for thee.

How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never- ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter--"Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat; but"--what? "But go and pray for yourself." That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, "But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved." That were a great blessing. No, it is, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not." We little know what we owe to our Saviour's prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth. How shall we thank him because he never held his peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon his hands, and carried our names upon his breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice. Mark, he does not say, "Satan hath desired to have you." He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say, "But I have desired to pray for you." No, but "I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made." O Jesus, what a comfort it is that thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Psalm 103:4  Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

Jeremiah 50:34  "Their Redeemer is strong, the LORD of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case So that He may bring rest to the earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.

Hosea 13:14  Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

Hebrews 2:14,15  Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, • and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

John 3:36  "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Colossians 3:3,4  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. • When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

2 Thessalonians 1:10  when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed-- for our testimony to you was believed.

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