Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.'

Job 29:19,20.

Sometimes life goes very well for us and at other times it's very rough. We often feel excited and happy when times are good and sad and discouraged when things are hard going.
How do we combat this spiritual see-saw existence? In the natural there are different things we can do - go and visit friends; buy ourselves some new clothes or enjoy a nice meal out to cheer us up. But when that sadness or discouragement eats into our spirit there needs to be a different and better solution. We need to learn to spread the roots of our life out beside the waters of God; to lay our cause before God 'all night' and to let the dew of heaven come and saturate into our soul.
We know that dew only settles on a calm still night and so if we are to find that inner strength we must learn to quieten our thoughts - even sad and discouraging ones! If we do that and turn ourselves Godward we will find the dew of heaven saturating deep into our spirits.
Then, we shall be even as this verse: 'my glory was fresh in me' - life shall be renewed within you; you shall be invigorated again. Sadness and discouragement shall flee from the one who waits on God! 'Your bow shall be renewed in your hand' - your ability to cope with life; fight the enemy and deal with situations that are in front of you will be transformed.
Take the Word of God and put it into practise! You will learn to live in His quiet strength on a daily basis.