“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 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 40:29-31 (NIV)
Recently, I’ve been needing some encouragement on strength, and I came across these verses in Isaiah. I believe our society is tired. Why do you think many of us drink more than one cup of coffee a day? Oh no, many of us cannot survive the morning without a cup of coffee. In order to hide how tired we are, a lot of women wear makeup to cover the dark circles under their eyes. Not only so, our schedules have prevented us from having proper sleep, a proper diet, and overall, good health. Personally, there are days when I just want to sit down and close my eyes for a little bit just so I can gain some sort of energy. But my strength should not come from those quiet moments and especially not from a cup of coffee. Our strength should come from the Lord.
Many of us might lack energy, but the reason is more important than how much energy we lack. I might feel so exhausted after a day’s work. It could be my coworkers that tire me out, or my students, or even the hours. All I want to do when I get home is sleep! (Of course, I have to eat before I sleep.) My point is, none of those things is what tires me out. When the Lord is not with me, I am lost, helpless, and weak. I stumble and fall, I’m weary, and I faint. It is not having strength from God above that leads me to complain of how little I sleep and how exhausting work is.
Sometimes all we can do is ask the Lord for strength. Wouldn’t you want to “soar like an eagle” at work, at school, wherever you are? How beautifully Isaiah words it. We have an image of someone who can endure anything, have perseverance, and most importantly have strength. God has so much work for us to do on earth. He wouldn’t leave us here without any source to energize ourselves with. He is our energy, our strength!
Look at Solomon for example. In 1 Kings 3:5, it says, ”At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you”’ (NIV). Now, Solomon didn’t ask for strength. He asked for a discerning heart: in other words, wisdom. And how did the Lord respond? ”’I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”’ The Lord did this because He was “pleased” (v. 10).
The strength of the Lord is waiting for us. There is no need to drag our bodies likes zombies as we walk on this earth. To do the work of the Lord requires a lot of energy. Worldly energy does not last, but with the Lord, “we will soar on wings like eagles.”
Comment below and let us know where you’re feeling weak because God wants to strengthen you? We hope you have you have a great weekend! ❤