"I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God;
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me."
Isaiah 45:5
   I came across that verse this morning as I read Isaiah before class.   I thought, "Man, that is what mercy is all about."  I need strength from God, especially in the midst of this university battlefield.  With all the worldly tasks I have piled up around me (read this, study this, write that), on top of the social struggles, on top of the knowledge that far  away from here our country is tearing up another country for $3 million a day, I need to be strengthened. There's just no way I can get through any of it without the knowledge that Jesus is guiding me. 
    The trouble is, I don't always acknowledge Him.  Of course, I'd like to, but I just don't always do it.  I get distracted so easily around here, and then make decisions that trip me up and I fall flat on my face. And there I lie on the ground, perfectly eligible for a good for a good drop-kicking into the pit of hell.  But instead of feeling God's foot, I feel his hand pick me up, brush me off, and strengthen me to face the next day. 
     It's hard to fathom, but the verse says "Though you have NOT acknowledged me,"  not, "WHEN you acknowledge me, THEN I will give you strength."  What kind of God gives strength after He's been ignored?  My God, my Jesus, does that.  He's nuts, because Grace is nuts. But, man, I'm so glad He is, because I'd still be on the ground if he weren't.
     The mercy part of the verse sticks out, but I think the first half is more important.  He's God, there is no other. There is no other God who is as capable; there is no where else to get strength.  So my words of encouragement are, GO TO HIM FOR IT.  You can't get it anywhere else, and there's nothing you can do to prevent Him from giving it to you.

I pray that you would never forget what you need and Who will provide it for you.. 
March 25, 2003
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