Our renewed strength
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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. Isaiah 40:30, 31 KJV
Isaiah’s point from the text is that our strength at its best and in its prime, will predictably fail. We do not have the physical stamina to match with the demands of life. Yet, we are not hopeless to our own potential for there is a power beyond ourselves. Admitting that we cannot tackle all the challenges in life will help us draw strength from God. In our helpless situations, God is here to renew our strength. The feeble that is willing to wait on God will soar like eagles, run without tiring and walk without abandoning. Their assurance is in God who will not let them down and give up. It is not a matter of determination but of faith in God who fulfills His promise. The key is waiting for the Lord. This waiting is not sitting or fiddling around. It is waiting with in anticipation and eager longing that God will respond. “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV). Waiting is an important part of our faith for God uses those times of waiting to mold us and empower us. Are we willing to wait on the Lord? Are we willing to let God take the wheel so He will navigate our lives or are we such a controller that we cannot live on God’s terms? God is worth the wait for if we do so, our hearts will be daily renewed until the day of His appearance. Waiting on the Lord means having a heart responsive to the Word of God, a focus on the things above, and patience grounded in faith. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV).