Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Powerful Gentleness


"See the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd;He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40: 10-11

I cling to this verse most days. "...he gently leads". He also "comes with power". I need both of these. A powerful Lord to protect me and my family. To work on my heart and stubborness and to mold and transform my children. He has to be powerful. And yet, just after that power-proclamation by Isaiah...we are reminded of His gentleness. Specifically pertaining to "those who have young."
So, tonight, with children finally sleeping and me left with my ponderings---how I could have done better today...words I wish I had back...decisions I would make differently...I am reminded the He who comes with power, will gently lead me tomorrow, just as He has done today. And He knows its hard. He has children too.
"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Romans 8:15-16


kristi w said...

I've never noticed that verse before, Cheryl. Thanks for sharing - I think I'll pass it along to a few tired moms today.

Sarah said...

Cheryl, I was forwarded your post by Becky. It came on a very timely day. :) It brought refreshment to my spirit. I think we must have simultaneously craazy days.

Thank you!

KMiV said...

Hey, I got one of those figurines but mine is a man holding a baby. I must be getting sentimental because it replaced my Darth Vader on my desk.