“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 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.” Isaiah 40:28-31
Let me rewrite it with proper emphasis so you can really get it.
Do you not KNOW? Have you not (already) HEARD? (Because, if I remember correctly, you have heard and you do know better.) 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. (It is impossible for a created being to use the restricted knowledge of time and space that it is granted to begin to explain the Creator or the Creator’s master design.) 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 (wait) 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.”
Don’t you get it? God was Lord over all creation in the beginning, He is Lord over all creation NOW and He will still be on His throne long after we have stopped walking the surface of this created orbiting object. That is something that I feel that man has arrogantly tried to explain. This need to understand the actual beginning of the world, the beginning of the universe and to predict the conclusion of such is nothing more than a flexing of academic muscles that are injected with infection steroids of theoretical GUESSES. Now don’t get me wrong. I like to know things. I like to study things. I like to know the origin of things. I LOVE HISTORY. I know we are living someone else’s history even at this moment. Yet there are some things that we do not have to know – really. I know that a large percentage of the population just gasped. Why? Why would you not want to know?
Why do you need to know things to begin with? It is because the knowledge of all of the elements surrounding a situation gives us comfort. Think about it. It is why we ask the word, “why?” How much tension releases from your body when you have an answer to your why. To be able to come to a peace with the truth that His understanding is not for us to be able to fathom, that is the pinnacle of peace. However, we must also understand that once we arrive at that peace, all the answers of the world will not fall into our lap. The next step is arriving at trusting that even with things unknown, the EVERLASTING God is OUR God and will provide for us. He will strengthen us when we are weary. He will increase our power when we are weak. I think the emphasis on increases in that sentence is important, for God NEVER leaves us. In our weakest state, we still have power. We have Him. He simply increases our power in times of despair. We must trust though. If we try to strengthen ourselves with our own efforts, it will only cause greater fatigue and exhaustion.
The passage points out that even youth grow tired and trip up. It has been pointed out to me on numerous occasions the enormous amount of energy that my children have. All adults notice that at some point – the vast difference in energy between young and old. Isaiah is continuing to point out that even those with the greatest resolve will finally collapse. It is your choice as to whom you are going to collapse in the arms of.
Hope is defined as a wanting for something to happen or for something to be true. Isaiah says that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Too often our “hope” is found in man or creation of man. And that, my friend, is why so many of us find ourselves in a spirit of disappointment. Man cannot provide for us. Man cannot sustain us. Man cannot renew our strength. Man is our equal.
God can use man and manmade things to assist us in strengthening and running and soaring. Our awareness of that is crucial, though. You can do nothing outside of the power of your creator. Nothing. You are but a moment in time. You will have disappointment. You will have weakness. It is up to you to decide how to process and handle that. Do you trust that the Lord is Lord over all creation? Do you trust that the Lord wants to bless you and use you in mighty ways? Do you find your comfort in Him or in created things?
Our family seems to roller coaster through challenges and obstacles. I know that we are probably no different than really any other family, but I am aware that we are experiencing moments of weariness and moments of weakness in order to get a better grip on His hand (His wing) so that on the backside of this event we will soar. To soar takes on many different images. Make sure that you are not taking for granted your moments in the sky. Make sure that you see His hand moving. Impatience blurs the vision. Trusting in the world creates disappointment and despair.
Hope in the Lord for your strength will surprise you and your vision will become very clear. Once your vision is clear and your strength is renewed, get ready to walk, run and fly for the Lord will use you and move you and move mountains through you. Oh to be in a world full of hope again! I long for that day. Join me in this hope and the contagious spirit will spread.