DAY 18


“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31

One year, on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, an interesting cartoon appeared in a town newspaper.  It showed a small log cabin at the base of a mountain.  At the top of the mountain was the White House.  A ladder connected the two buildings.  At the bottom of the cartoon were these words: “The ladder is still there.”

The ladder still exists today.  You can use it to get from where you are to where you want to be.  It takes some sweat and toil, however, to climb that ladder.  And sweat and toil can often be translated into smart thinking and endless hours.

The good news is that God’s Word promises us that if we will keep our hope firmly connected to the Lord as we climb our individual ladders to success, He will renew our strength.  In fact, according to the prophet Isaiah, we will feel as if we are flying like eagles.


What is the key to hope?  I believe it lies in two things:  First, reading God’s Word daily as a reminder that God protects, provides for, and delivers His beloved children. He has promised His presence to us always.  Second, when we begin to praise the Lord for His mighty deeds and His awesome presence with us, our hope is kindled.

Reading God’s Word and giving Him praise, you can climb your ladder with joy!

Abigail Van Buren said, “If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters.”


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