When he was feeding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, Moses was confronted with a burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus 3:1-4). That fire did not draw its strength, its life from the branches or the wood of the bush but rather from God.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall”, says the Bible in Isaiah 40:30. This scripture does not refer to the elderly but rather to young people who are supposed to be strong. Why do they get weary and then utterly fall? Because they rely on their youth to claim their strength. But they are ultimately deceived. The fire of their burning bushes draws its strength from a wood that is consumed.
On what or on whom do you rely, Beloved? Are you relying on your intelligence, diplomas, experience or relationships to get the job you’re looking for? Are you using your bank account to meet this financial challenge ahead of you? Do you rely on your beauty and charm to find a partner? Do you rely on your age before menopause to have a child? Do you rely on your diligent prayer life to maintain your zeal for God’s work? Do you depend on the social status of some of your church members to organize this evangelism crusade? Are you relying on your anointing and experience in ministry to make this cripple walk? What would you do if all these things you are relying on disappeared because of circumstances or life’s blows? You would lose all strength! The wood that fuels the flames of your burning bush would be consumed and your fire would be extinguished!
“But those who wait on 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”, says the Word of God in Isaiah 40:31. Yes, Beloved, only those who rely on the Lord can run and not be weary, walk and not faint, keep their fire burning.
Abraham hoped, during his youth, to have a child with Sarah his wife, in vain! When in his old age, God told him that he was going to have an heir, he understood that he and Sarah could only rely on the Lord to have the strength to beget a son. “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb”, the Bible points out in Romans 4:19. Abraham believed in God, leaned on Him and saw His glory.
Therefore, Beloved, ask the Father to search you and examine on what you are relying. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD”, says the Bible in Isaiah 31:1.
If you have relied on anything else or on anyone other than your heavenly Father, repent and change your ways. Rely only on your heavenly Father, rely only on Him, rely entirely on Him. May God be the source of your strength! May God be the source of your fire! In this way, you will find and keep the strength you need to overcome the challenge. Then you will keep your zeal for the work of God, to keep your good works and the fire of your burning bush will not die!
May God bless you Beloved
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. (…) Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord”.
“Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down; they all will perish together”.
“Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he”.
“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God”.
“O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You”!
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever”.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help”.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding”.
“Thus says the Lord: let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches”.
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