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New Life Daily Devotion - May 9, 2010

  • 2010 May 09
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God's Sensitivity

Bible Reading: Isaiah 42

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Dealing with our own failings and weaknesses can be discouraging. Sometimes it doesn't seem fair that we have to face life with the burdens and emptiness we feel. Some of the things we've experienced have left us bruised and broken. The flame of hope seems to be wavering. In times when we feel weak like this, we need someone else to encourage us that God can make up for the injustices we've endured and the shortcomings we have.

God sent Jesus to meet our needs: "Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged" (Isaiah 42:1-3).

When we humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings we can point out the areas where we are hurting: "Here's where I'm weakest. This is where the light is flickering and I can't see the way. Here's where I'm fainthearted and tempted to despair. This is where there has been a shortage of justice during the times I've been wronged and no one protected me." God gave this mission to Jesus: "You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the ­captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons" (Isaiah 42:7). This is what God longs to do for us.

When you feel broken, weak, or worthless, God gently picks you up and surrounds you with his care.

 
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