Help for the Weary
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even 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 40:28-31).
Previously, we mentioned the supernatural nature of our work for Christ. But even though the work is spiritual in nature, we perform this work in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). God planned things this way for a purpose: That the power might come from God and not man.
Serving God carries with it a range of emotions, such as maximum joy, but also sometimes discouragement. When we make eternal investments, we want to see people follow the Lord; which does not always pan out. People and situations can bring discouragement, which can lead to fatigue. Where do we turn when grow tired in our labors for the Lord? Why, to the Lord of course.
The first truth we note in the verse above is that God does not Himself grow weary. Sometimes, as children, we ran to our fathers for help or to fix something, but they were too weary to do anything. Our God is eternally powerful, and does not grow weary.
In addition He gives power to the faint, to those who wait on the Lord. The One who does not ever grow weary, gives to the tired and fainthearted strength and power to continue on. Our strength comes from the Lord; He alone can revive us when we feel we cannot go on:
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped. . .” (Psalm 28:7).
Ask God for power and strength to move forward in your life for Him, and He will provide it. He will renew your strength so that you can run in the manner described above. Praise God for the strength He provides. Whenever we feel too weary to continue on, we run to the One who never gets weary. Amen.
Posted on Wed, August 31, 2016
by Sam Petitfils