Those Who Wait for the Lord

Isaiah 4031 [widescreen]

Reading the Word

Isaiah 40:30–31 (ESV)

30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 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.

Understanding and Applying the Word

O to be young again! I remember as a teen and early twenty-something being able to go and go and go seemingly all day and night with little to no sleep and still being able to function. Today, if I do not get at least six, but preferably eight, hours of sleep, I am off the entire day. I wish I still had the stamina I once had.

Yet, even the young are limited in their strength. It may seem like the young can go and go forever, but they cannot. After a day or two of sleepless nights, even the teens and twenty-somethings crash. We all are limited in our own strength. However, God’s strength is unlimited and his people can trust in him. We can wait for him, which means that we can rest knowing that he is working for us in every situation. We do not have to face the world in our own strength and abilities. We go with the power of God at work in us. He gives us all we need each and every moment and we can go forward renewed and ready in him.

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