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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
Heavenly Father, it’s one of those days when coming upon an old familiar passage is like finding a new treasure in a field. Such is the wonder and wellspring of your Word. It never gets antiquated or redundant, it just continues to become vintage and timely gospel-sanity to me. So I begin my day, once again, praising you for the gift of the Scriptures. You’re the God who speaks without stuttering, and you’re certainly addressing me through the words of your servant-son, Isaiah.
These multiple-times-underlined words in my Bible, remind me that you’re not like me, in many, many ways… a good thing, indeed. In particular, I’m thrilled that you never get tired or weary, because I do… and I am. Accepting limitations, finite-ness, and mortality has never been one of my strong cards, dear Father… but I must.
It’s certainly encouraging to remember that even youths and the young aren’t exempt from finding themselves “running on empty.” How much more so is that true for those of us who look at the category of “youth” in the rear view mirror?
So here’s my prayer, gracious Father, I don’t really need to soar like an eagle, as fun as that might be, and I’m not seeking to run like a sprinter or a marathoner. Just walking upright… with a renewed heart, a steady gate and a refreshed sense of your presence, will be enough. I’ll not be greedy, but grateful for daily gospel-bread.
Therefore, my hope is in you, merciful Father, the God who raises the dead. I’ll trust you for all the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical strength I will need to live out the implications of the gospel today. Though I am tired and though I am weary, I do not doubt or question your great and lavish love for me in Jesus. Nothing can separate me from your love. So very Amen, I pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.
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