He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in 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 40:29-31
I’d like to ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Do you think that you are strong? Since you are asking I know that the answer can’t be yes. Is that really the only reason? No, my life experience has taught me that I am weak and prone to get weary and stumble and fall. But, there have been plenty of times that you have thought that you were pretty strong, aren’t there? Yes, that’s true, I suppose. How strong do you feel right now? Not very. Actually, my opinion of my own strength and power is getting weaker all the time. Why do you think that is true? As I draw close to you, I’m getting a clearer understanding and picture of your power and my weakness. I look at you and say to myself, I have none of that.
Would you like strength and power from me? Yes, I definitely would. Why is that? I would like your power and strength so that I can be and do all that you ask of me. You don’t want it for yourself? You won’t strut around like some muscle man wanting to demonstrate his great strength? No, I desire your strength to accomplish your purposes and plans. You have given good answers. I won’t give my strength and power to the proud. Usually, they don’t ask for it because they think they don’t need it. That works out then. It does. I also won’t give my strength and power to those who can’t and won’t use it. What do you mean by that? Do you need my strength and power while you are sitting around on a couch watching television and eating potato chips? No, I’m sure not. My power and strength is given when you need it as you engage in the work that I’m calling you to do. I get it. Are you sure? Haven’t you tried to do my work without asking for my strength and power? Yes, many times. Why is that? I was confused. How so? I thought I had all that I needed and I was completely wrong. I’m glad that you see that now. Me too.
How much of my strength and power do you want? All that I need to live for you and accomplish the tasks that you have called me to do. How willing are you to come and ask and wait for my strength and power? I will devote myself to coming, asking, waiting, and relying on you for all your help. Let’s review this. You will come? You will ask? You will wait? You will work? Are all these true? Yes, these are the commitments that I am making to you today. Good. When you do these I will most certainly hear and answer your prayer. You will have my power and strength.
Lord, life has left me weary and worn out. I’m tired and weak. I need your power and strength. I will wait here in your presence. Refresh, revive and renew my life. Help me to soar like an eagle on currents of wind as I trust in you. Amen
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