6th June 2017

God Waits to be Gracious!

“Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

It is only right that we frail humans, who of and by ourselves are very limited in what we can achieve, come to realise that we need someone alongside, or better still within us to make up for all the shortcomings and weaknesses that hold us back, preventing us from becoming what God wants us to be. He always wants the very best for us and goes to great lengths to supply and provide all the spiritual power we need.

In this context we might just consider this scripture from the book of Isaiah: “And therefore the Lord earnestly waits, expecting, looking, and longing to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts himself up, that he may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed, happy and fortunate are all those who earnestly wait for him, who expect and look and long for him, for his victory, his favour, his love, his peace, his joy and his matchless, unbroken companionship!” (Isaiah 30:18 Amplified).

Do you ever feel that your life lacks this power, this source of spiritual energy that will conquer our fears, excite our whole being with boldness and give us the victory? I believe that at one time or other we all do, but we need to realise that this awesome energy is fully available to everyone in the Body of Christ, the Church. Notice how Paul approaches the answer to the question that I just posed—he says “God has placed everything under the power of Christ and has set him up as head of everything for the Church. For the Church is his body, and in that body lives fully the One who fills the whole wide universe” (Ephesians 1:22-23 Phillips italics mine). Later on in this letter he prays for this little church and asks “…that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!” (Ephesians 3:19 Amplified).

Is this enough power for all of us? You bet! And what’s more it is readily available to us just for the asking.

Prayer
Father of all, fill us to overflowing with the spiritual resources that you have already made available to your Church through Jesus Christ our great High Priest; the One who fills the whole wide universe.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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