Does the Lord really strengthen us when we need Him?
(Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV) '28 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. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 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.'
Hebrew / Greek Word Study
Focus Word: Reap = (ִלַיָּעֵ֖ף (lay·yā·‘êp̄)) = ( Hebrew / phonetic sound)
Strongs Definition H3287: faint, weary, fatigued
from H3286; fatigued; figuratively, exhausted:—faint, weary
This scripture starts off by telling us about the greatness of our Lord. That He is the Creator and the Everlasting God who does not grow weary or faint and that His wisdom is unsearchable. This is great news because we as humans absolutely grow weary and faint, and sometimes the wisdom and understanding we have is the reason we are in most of the situations we are dealing with. It is better for us to seek the perfect wisdom and understanding that can only come from God. I used to ask myself why the Lord would tell us He does not grow faint and weary. Then I realized this was another one of His ways of telling us, His creation, I AM not like you.
We as humans are in need of a Savior in so many ways. As soon as we are overpowered in any area of life, we are done for. But our God is different. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere all the time), and omnipotent (all-powerful). This is why the Lord wants us to trust and come to Him in all things. Not just when bad things happen. God wants us to rely upon Him and has given us this understanding in scripture by referring to us as sheep. Sheep are not great at defending themselves; as a matter of fact, they are terrible at it. That is why they are always in need of a shepherd. Someone to look over them, protect them, guide them, provide for them, and lead them. The Lord in scripture thinks the same way about us. We need, whether we know it or not, this same type of guidance from the Lord. If we think we don't, that just simply means we don't understand who our true enemy is in Satan.
In all of our trials and tribulation upon this Earth, we are bound to become weary and faint in some of our seasons. But it is when we rely upon the Lord that He promises to strengthen us and renew our power so we can overcome the obstacles before us. But this is also a promise for those of us who follow and trust in God only. When we believe and submit ourselves to the Lord's way of doing things, then we will see the Power of the Lord working within us and surrounding us as in our lives.
A note from Pastor Tony Evans: Only those who trust God’s perspective on their situations will run and not become weary as God provides a second wind to make it through challenges. Only those who believe his Word and submit to it can expect to experience his spiritual power for daily life. You will walk and not faint as God changes you, whether or not he changes your situation.
Tony Evans, The Tony Evans Study Bible (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible, 2019), 810.
(Isaiah 40:31 ESV) 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.' This still is one of my favorite scriptures because it tells me that the Lord is not slow to fulfill His promises to me, and He is waiting for his perfect timing to bring things to fruition. I sometimes know when I have to wait, it is difficult for me because I personally like to see things done and complete in my life, and to put it plainly, I don't like to wait for anything. But what this has done for me through my trials and hardships was develop me to become stronger as I waited for the Lord to fulfill His promises. Now, I realize the Lord is more concerned about making me a mature Christian, someone He can use, rather than leaving me immature in my thinking and ways. With that understanding, I realize that every trial and hardship has a place and purpose in my life.
Extra Scripture To Study:
1 Peter 4
These are a few great scriptures to study and meditate on. We gain more understanding of God when we seek to know Him better. For those of us who find ourselves struggling, weary, and beaten down, we have to ask ourselves, "are we putting our hope and trust in God, or are we just trying to handle everything on our own?" There is a better way of doing where we trust in our Champion, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us to cast our cares upon Him, for He cares for us; amen.
This week daily, take some time to pray and ask God for help regarding His word and become receptive to it.
Take Care Family,
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