Morning, 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 8:13  These have no root.

My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart. Let me dread a godliness as rapid in growth and as wanting in endurance as Jonah's gourd; let me count the cost of being a follower of Jesus, above all let me feel the energy of his Holy Spirit, and then I shall possess an abiding and enduring seed in my soul. If my mind remains as obdurate as it was by nature, the sun of trial will scorch, and my hard heart will help to cast the heat the more terribly upon the ill-covered seed, and my religion will soon die, and my despair will be terrible; therefore, O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield thee a bounteous harvest.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Psalm 65:1  For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed.

1 Corinthians 8:6  yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

John 5:23  so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

Hebrews 13:15  Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Psalm 50:23  "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

Revelation 7:9,10,12  After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; • and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." • saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

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