Did You Know?
Did you know the Lord exercises? Don’t believe it? Read it for yourself in Jeremiah 9:24, “The Lord declared, “I am the Lord who exercises mercy, justice, and righteousness on the earth; for I delight in these things.” See, right there, the Lord said Himself, “I am the Lord who exercises.” And not only does He exercise but He delights in His exercises! How many of you can honestly say that?
But the Lord’s exercises are a great contrast to what we see as exercise and His purpose for exercising is much different than ours. When the Lord exercises you do not need to worry about the house shaking or the earth quaking because He is not running or jumping around. All He has to do to exercise is extend His hand in mercy, stand up for justice or speak in righteousness all which He can do quickly, quietly and with little or no effort. That is a great difference from the marathon running, heavy lifting, bag punching and jumping exercises we do. And while we primarily exercise to improve our physical appearances, the Lord exercises to increase love, fairness, humility and morality in the world through our hearts. And if you know the Lord this makes perfect sense because you know He only looks at our heart and not at our outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7).” The Lord is always more concerned with the condition of your heart than He is our extra pounds!
And while exercising may be hard for us, it is not hard for Him because He is already strong. And because He is already strong, when He exercises it actually conditions and strengthens us, His body. The Lord exercises to condition and strengthen our hearts so we will be in the right shape to do the good work He has called us to do. The definition of exercise is something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill. The Lord uses mercy, justice and righteousness to develop, improve or demonstrate capability or skill in us. The Lord exercises for our well-being, not His own. Why? Because He loves us. And as uncomfortable as it may be for us to endure His exercises, it is important to remember that He is always good and His purposes for exercising us are always good too!
Bottomline: The Lord loves us so much that He delights in exercises that condition and strengthen our hearts so we can be equipped to do the good work He has called us to do.
Thank you Father that you love us so much that you delight in exercises that keep our hearts healthy and strong. Thank you for your exercises of mercy, justice and righteousness that you display upon the earth through us for Your good and ours. In Jesus name, Amen.
Proverbs 21:15, Matthew 9:13, Psalm 89:14