Isaiah 50:4 - Encouragement Begins Each Morning.

Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) The Sovereign LORD has 
given me his words of wisdom, so that I know what 
to say to all these weary ones. Morning by 
morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to 
his will.  


   I've been paying attention to the first 
thoughts of my day. What's on my subconscious mind as 
I respond to the alarm or become aware that 
the sun is up? 
   Most mornings, a song is running in the 
background of my thoughts. Music is one of the ways I 
best commune with Jesus. When I wake with a song 
already playing, it usually remains with me 
throughout the day. 
   Sometimes, it's a verse of scripture that 
has been "playing" while I slept. The Word is 
deeply embedded in me from years of treasuring it, 
cherishing it, reading, rereading, pondering, and 
studying. What if that storehouse were empty? What 
thoughts would consume me if worship songs and 
Scripture hadn't collected within me? 
   Even that is evidence of the grace of 
Jesus. I am alive during an era when Scripture is 
more easily accessible than ever before. I was 
privileged to hear about Jesus from an early age. He 
softened my heart to believe the Bible, cling to it, 
and follow Him. He made it clear to me that He 
loved me. Jesus intervened to keep me from 
derailing into a life without Him. 
   I ache for those who wake with worry or 
fear on their minds. Gratitude explodes at the 
dawn of each day that I'm privileged to serve 
Jesus. Each morning, He gives me confidence that 
together we'll handle whatever comes up as He walks 
me through it. And that He's been teaching me, 
even while I sleep. Cynthia Ruchti 
   Faith Step: For the next week, take note 
of the first thought in your mind when you 
awaken. If its of Him, let it carry you all day 
long. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Hope for the Weary
   Many years ago, my brother, Orville, 
introduced a hymn to me I'd not heard before. Its 
moving strains often accompany me as I drive or 
walk in solitude or return late from a day of 
   Art thou weary, heavy laden,
   Art thou sore distressed?
   "Come to me," saith One, "And coming,
   Be at rest."
   Growing weary is the outcome or 
consequence of many experiences, none of them bad but 
all of them exhausting. To name just a few.  
   We can be weary of waiting (Psalm 69:3).
   We can be weary of studying (Ecclesiastes 
   We can be weary of fighting the enemy (2 
Samuel 23:10). 
   We can be weary of criticism (Psalm 
   The longer wearisomeness lingers, the 
more we face the danger of that weary condition 
clutching our inner man by the throat and strangling 
our hope, our motivation, our spark, our 
   Like Isaiah, I want to sustain you who 
are weary with a word of encouragement: 
   The Sovereign LORD has given me his words 
of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the 
weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my 
understanding to his will. Isaiah 50:4 
   Since our Lord never grows weary and 
never gets tired, He can give strength to the 
weary - He really can! The Lord doesn't promise to 
give us something to take so we can handle our 
weary moments. He promises us Himself. That is 
all. That is enough. [Chuck Swindoll 


Kind Words We should accustom ourselves to 
speak in pleasant tones, to use pure and correct 
language, and words that are kind and courteous. 
Sweet, kind words are as dew and gentle showers to 
the soul. The Scripture says of Christ that 
grace was poured into His lips that He might 
know how to speak a word in season to him that is 
weary. Psalm 45:2; Isaiah 50:4. COL336  


Isaiah 50:4 - Encouragement Begins Each 


Isaiah 50:4 - Encouragement Classes Begin 
Each Morning.