Devotions By Jan

Contagious Yawning

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Scripture for Today: Isaiah 40:28 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”

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It’s true! According to scientific studies, yawning IS contagious! In fact, I stopped trying to count how many times I yawned picking out a yawning image! Some studies suggest that one is showing empathy or bonding. But this behavior does not appear in early childhood. That tells me who started the yawning in this picture! It has been found that contagious yawning is more likely with acquaintances rather than strangers, tired or not!

Today’s verse tells us that our everlasting God and Creator will not grow tired or weary. God is spirit, but to speak of Him in human terms, God would never yawn! His understanding is certainly beyond ours and His power is limitless! Not only is He never without strength, He promises to give strength to the weary and power to the weak (verse 29). And it is the believer’s hope in the Lord that gives renewed strength (verse 31).

The Lord’s knowledge of me is so intimate that He knows what I am going to say before I say it (Psalm 139:4). That means He sees every yawn as well. He knows when I feel physically tired, but more than that, He knows when I am weary and emotionally drained. I may put on a brave face, but He sees the hidden yawns of discouragement inside. How wonderful of Him to strengthen my resolve! How gracious He is to offer His power when I acknowledge to Him my weakness! His supply is limitless and He never tires of me asking Him!

Lord, I need Your strength today!

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