GOD PROMISES HIS STRENGTH
But those who hope (wait upon) 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 40:31
Isaiah ministered at the same time Jeremiah did, right before Jerusalem was destroyed and the nation of Judah went into captivity in Babylon. Even though judgment for sin was coming, God promised strength for those who trust in Him (“hope” or “wait”).
For those going through unbelievably difficult times, God’s promises are still true if they keep their eyes on Him. They will “renew their strength.” Do you ever feel weary, tired out, don’t know if you can go on? If you turn to Him, Jesus promises renewed strength.
God also promises those who faithfully follow Him that He will enable them to “soar,” “run,” and “walk.” When we acknowledge that God is in control of all and that He promises to do what is best for our growth and His glory, then we can effortlessly glide above all the turmoil and fear as an eagle glides effortlessly on air currents far above us. He promises extra strength to “run” when extra effort is needed. The rest of the time He will help us in our normal, everyday “walk.” He promises energy for that as well.
The key is trusting, waiting patiently on the Lord and His timing. Don’t rush ahead of Him, don’t lag behind Him. Trust and patience go together. When we have them, we have hope. Our part is to patiently trust in Him and His timing. His part is to take care of all the rest. That’s a deal you can’t pass up!
How patient a person are you? What do you need patience for in your life right now? In what ways does your impatience keep you from receiving God’s help and strength?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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