God will carry us through
O Jacob, why do you say, and, Israel, why do you assert: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my claim is ignored by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:27-31
There will be times that we will find it difficult to continue on in our spiritual journey. This might be because of the trials we are facing. Or it could be due to the fight that we are up with as we resist temptations. The persecutions because of our faith can also be the reason why we are wearing down. Included also are the daily challenges we face as we tackle our responsibilities in life. These are the times that we need God’s provision. From the text, Isaiah raised a rhetorical question implying that God knows every trouble we are facing. Since He is the Everlasting God, His provisions will never be exhausted. This is also what David understood about the Lord as His Shepherd. “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me” (Psalm 23:3-4).God knows we always need His strength to sustain us in our Christian journey. He knows that we need to be revitalized and renewed so we could be a blessing to others. Sometimes, He will hold us in His arms when we do not have the power to continue on. This is how we grow in discovering God’s love and care for He has varied ways reenergizing our soul. He knows what fits our situation and will provide nourishments to our soul based on our present need. He alone knows what will satisfy our soul. All He asks from us is to not hesitate to come and to always return for more. He can refresh you through His word. He can use others in your fellowship or other believers to encourage you. Or at times, just by knowing that He is there with you could give you an assurance that you are not alone walking even in the darkest valley of your life. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Noel De Guzman