In Isaiah 40:28-31 we read “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow weary or tired, and His understanding no one can fathom. 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.” In the amplified version of this passage, in place of the words “to those who wait for the Lord” there is the addition of “those who expect, look for and hope in him.”
I have been reminded in recent weeks that through the uncertainties we all face with our pandemic, we are to continue to have hope in the Lord. That hope is a hope in the future, it’s an ongoing daily discipline. However, it is important to also consider that we maintain that hope by spending time beside the Master. That waiting involves maintaining our hope by spending time with God and living expectantly under his care knowing that he has everything under control.
So, what should be the disciplines of our lives? We must consistently affirm that he is our Everlasting Lord and Creator and he never grows weary. He gives strength to the weary and power to the weak. We must wait patiently on him and maintain an active hope. Finally, it seems to me that we must keep running in order for the strength to come so we can continue to soar. Waiting can be done actively as we maintain our hope.
This is not the time to be sitting on the sidelines waiting for him give us strength. Keep up the pace of doing good and loving others and he promises you will not grow weary.
Paul Wardlaw, elder