The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, 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. Isa. 40:28-31
Dear heavenly Father, this was one of the first Scriptures I memorized as a young believer, yet reading it today is like finding a new treasure in an old field; an artesian spring in an arid desert; the beam of a welcoming lighthouse after a compass-less stormy night at sea.
That’s one of the things I most love about your Word. It’s never antiquated or redundant, but always new and ever trustworthy. You’re the God who speaks without stuttering. You’re the Father who knows our need before we ask, and provides more grace before we seek.
This passage from Isaiah is underlined multiple times in my favorite Bible, and for good reason. It reminds me that you’re, very much, not like me, in so many ways. You never get tired or weary; I do and I am. Accepting limitations, finiteness, and weakness has never been one of my strengths. But I must. Since youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, why do I think I’m exempt from “running on empty” and hitting a wall?
Father, I’m not asking to soar like an eagle, as fun as that might be, and I’m not seeking to run like a sprinter or a marathoner—though, I’d love to. Just walking upright with a heart full of grace and a steady gate, will be enough.
My hope is in you, Father—merciful Abba, who brings refreshment into the wilderness; the generous Lord, who promises sufficient grace every day; and the mighty God who raises the dead and does all things well. Right now, I look to you for all the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical strength I’ll need to live out the implications of the gospel today, and in the upcoming season.
Because Jesus embraced the ultimate weakness and weariness of the cross, I’m confident of your burden-bearing love. I may be weary in my servanthood, but I’m thriving in my sonship. Nothing can separate us from your love. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name. Amen.