You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement! 

When you give lives are being changed and stories can be shared! Thank you!

The Monday After: Sunday, March 3, 2013: God’s Glory, Our Comfort

By Marcus Wolfe

Today’s message came from Isaiah 40, which is famous for several of its often-quoted passages.  First, in verses 3-5 we see verses that are repeated in the New Testament when speaking of John the Baptist (Matt 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4-6). In verse 8, we are reminded of God’s Eternal Word:

“The grass withers and the flowers fade,

but the word of our God stands forever.”(NLT)

And finally one of the most often-cited verses (commonly on posters complete with graphics) verse 31:

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”(NLT)

So how are we to take these into our own lives?

We are reminded in these passages that there is Everlasting Comfort, the Everlasting Word and Everlasting Strength.

God’s comfort is available.  Sometimes that comfort comes in personal redemption while other times it is knowing God is in control.  Recently, while reading Scripture, I have been struck by how much this theme comes up (that of the ultimate justice of God) – it’s laced throughout the Gospels and Revelation as well as the Old Testament.

In the end, God is justice and we as believers in a messed up world can take comfort in knowing that God IS in control and in the end He WINS.  Isaiah prophesied this very idea 150 years before the fall of Babylon, even before Judah had been sent into exile — that God’s people could take comfort in knowing He was in control, that He indeed would lead His people and that His Word, although not yet accomplished would come about.

We as 21st Century believers have the benefit of hindsight in seeing indeed God’s Word was true and faithful to Israel.  So how much more should we know that God’s Word is everlasting!  I don’t know about you but to me that in itself is comforting.  Of all the doubt and uncertainty out there, I can trust and rely on God’s Word to be true and faithful.  That does not mean I do not struggle with allowing it to take hold and guide my life, I still resist its claims on my life – that I should simply be able follow the maxim “the Bible tells me so.”

And, finally, I should find strength in the Lord.

“We should not be content to be ground dwellers,” Pastor Joe said. “You have a different calling.”  Am I allowing this promise of strength to encourage me to new heights of trust and obedience, or am I still living a life of repeated days amounting to very little.  Am I living by faith and using my gifts for His kingdom purposes, or am I afraid to step out and be bold?  Do I dream of great purposes, or am I content to allow life to happen, always afraid of where God might take me?  Am I in the game, or am I a spectator?  There is strength in Him if only I am listening for His voice.

That I should take comfort in the Lord and know that His Word is faithful and true and through this be built up and encouraged to do His work and to be His child.  I hope I can allow this cycle of encouragement and comfort to lead me on.

Marcus is married to Jessica and is currently a substitute teacher at Zion Benton Township High School.  They care for any number of guinea pigs (currently two).  In his spare time, Marcus enjoys reading, computer games and shooting.  His ministry passions include working with senior adults and the sick, and growing with other men, as well as helping Jessica with whatever ministries she is involved with at the time.   

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