Devotionals by Pastor Mike Fabarez

God’s Good Plan

Life can be arduous and exhausting—especially when we have to navigate some of the consequences of our own foolish decisions. Even so, as Israel faced the dark days of the Babylonian captivity, they were comforted by our merciful God when he reminded them that though they had no one to blame but themselves for their present struggles, he was not distant and uncaring. The Lord lovingly chided them for daring to think that he was unconcerned about their struggles (Is.40:27).

He went on to challenge them that if they would broaden their perspective and put their focus on him (v.28) they would become the gracious recipients of his strength and power (v.29). “Even youths” he goes on to say, “shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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” (vv.30-31).

As Paul echoes in the New Testament, “waiting” is more than just “hanging in there,” it is an “internal renewal” and refreshment, which comes from a focus on God’s larger good that he has purposed in and through our Christian lives (2Cor.4:16-18). So don’t just drudge through life, even if your pains are self-inflicted. Look to our big God who has big plans that will outlast and overshadow your current struggles.

-- Pastor Mike


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Focal Point is the Bible teaching ministry of author and pastor Mike Fabarez. Focal Point delivers relevant and accurate Bible exposition on its daily radio broadcast and is dedicated to clearly explaining the truth of God’s Word.

About Pastor Mike Fabarez

Dr. Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in South Orange County, California and has been in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. He is committed to clearly communicating God's word verse-by-verse and encourages his listeners to apply what they have learned to their daily lives.

Pastor Mike is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology and Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Mike is heard on hundreds of radio programs across the country on the Focal Point radio program and has authored several books, including Preaching That Changes Lives, Getting It Right, Praying for Sunday, and Why the Bible? Mike and his wife, Carlynn, reside in Laguna Hills, California with their three children, Matthew, John and Stephanie.

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