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. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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. Isa. 40:28-31 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, it’s been an emotionally exhausting stretch of late—the floods in the Southwest US and yesterday’s Monsoon in India, heated culture wars and mounting racial tensions, friends facing more surgery and pastors under great stress.
So, this Scripture comforts us on many levels. First of all, we’re glad to be reminded that even youths get faint and weary, and young men get exhausted. Sometimes we assume if we really loved you, things wouldn’t bother us as much as they do. Thanks for the freedom to accept our limitations and humanity—a freedom we need to acknowledge and accept more regularly.
But more importantly, Father, I’m thankful for what this passage reminds us about you. You are tireless in your care, everlasting in your mercies, and generous with your grace. You anticipate our weakness and meet us right there.
When we get worn-out, emotionally spent, and are spiritually “less than conquerors,” you don’t show us disgust; you show us more of Jesus. You don’t give us pep talks; rather, you call us your beloved children. You call us to yourself. You promise, and give us, more grace.
Father, thanks for calling us to wait on you, to linger in your presence, and to be still and know you are God. We have no need to sprout wings today and soar like eagles; just make it very clear that you are near, in control, and at work for good. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ kind and powerful name.