“Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
It happens to all of us. And it usually happens slowly and almost imperceptibly over a long period of time. But it happens nevertheless. The daily grind begins to take its toll.
It begins to bring us down, keep us up, wear us out, and do us in. Life becomes hard. We find ourselves exerting more effort and accomplishing less work. And every step becomes painful. We labor to walk erect while wrapped in the heavy mantle of fatigue. We long to escape the exhaustion that relentlessly pursues us. Pressures and demands shout at us like selfish children insisting on their own way. We find ourselves unable to think straight, stay focused, and press on.
There is however, hope for the tired and strength for the weary. God offers us a direct link to His power. It is available to those who “wait” for Him, or hope in him. To “wait” for the Lord is the way to access His strength and provision during periods of exhaustion.
The word “wait” in Isaiah 40:31 comes from a root that means “rope.” The idea is that God is a life-line, or power-line, to those who are run down and feel they have run out of strength to carry on. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that without waiting there is no gaining of new strength. Without waiting there is no mounting up with wings like eagles. Without waiting there is no running or walking.
God knew that we would grow weary on life’s journey. That is why He made provision for us to be revived. He offers us the kind of strength that can help us to rise above our circumstances as if on wings of eagles. He offers us the kind of power that can help us to run and walk confidently toward the prize set before us.
Apart from looking to Him for such strength we can never successfully arrive at our destination. Instead, we will die of exhaustion along the way. May our pressing on be a testimony to God’s good and kind provision of power for the journey.