Scripture: Isaiah 40: 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those 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.
Observation: God’s people are headed for complete defeat – and soon. They have strayed from the ways of God for generations and are about to pay the price for their infidelity. Through the words of the prophet Isaiah, God is preparing them for this eventuality. BUT, God also wants the people to know he will never completely give up on them. And, after a time of waiting on the Lord to restore them, he will. God does not get tired of tending to his children.
Application: This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. It particularly speaks to me when I’m in a season of waiting, as I expect are many of you reading this blog today. When we are in a time of struggle, and it seems the Lord has grown weary of us, this passage is a word of life and hope. Two things in particular:
1. We may be worn out right now, but God does not wear out. Ever. We are always on his mind, part of his awareness.
2. If we will wait upon the Lord, and be patient, the Lord will renew our strength. The Lord will lift us from our fatigue, from our weeping, from our loss of hope. Our circumstances may be rather bleak right now, but this world does NOT have the last word. The Lord WILL come to our aid. Remember that today…
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the everlasting God. You bear all things in the palm of your hands. Give us grace to wait upon you, though we may be weary and heavy-laden. Renew our strength that we may again praise your name. Amen.