Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Waiting makes us stronger

"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 40:30-31 

Before you read the words I’ve written below, please watch a 6-minute message by Louie Giglio.

I've watched it dozens of times and the more I watch it, the more powerful it becomes. It's based on Isaiah 40:30-31 and typically I roll my eyes at this over-used passage (reverent, huh?), but the truth of these words cannot be ignored. This might be the best 6 minutes of your day:

"The cross is proof that God doesn't always change the circumstances. He did not change them for Jesus on that hillside outside Jersusalem. But the cross is also proof that God always has a purpose in the circumstances and that His purpose and His plan will prevail and triumph through any circumstances in this world."

It was worth the 6 minutes, huh?

Isaiah 40:28-29 says: "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."

Isn't this a beautiful picture of who God is?

Do you know friends?

Have you heard?

He is the Everlasting God. He is the Creator. And He does not tire and He does not get weary.

But instead -- and here's the promise -- He offers strength to our weary hearts. When we grow tired, we cling to our hope in God and He will lift us up as if on wings of eagles.

We might stumble.

We might fall.

But keep on hoping in the Lord (some translations say wait upon the Lord).

And He promises.

He promises.

He promises that when we have no might He will renew our strength.

And He promises that we will walk…run…soar. We. Will. Soar.

I mentioned the worship song Everlasting God earlier this week. The lyrics, “strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord” are words of truth. Why? Because waiting makes us stronger. Not so that we can be strong in ourselves. Not so we can be strong in our might, our control, our power, our sufficiency.

Waiting on God grants us the strength to press on.

The passage in Isaiah says that even the youth and young men grow weary and fall. Our youth and the young men are known to be the strongest people in our society.

But God says no.

He says those who wait on me are strong. He says I will give them perseverance to run the race so they will not faint.

By my might. In my strength.

Each day that we wait upon the Lord (read: wait well) God renews our strength. He not only gives strength to the weak, He increases the strength.

It is by the grace of God that we are made stronger. Stronger to face our fears. Stronger to bear the burden. Stronger to wrestle with our doubts. Stronger to resist the temptation to run from hard things.
When we wait up on the Lord He grants us the strength to face whatever that day holds. No more. No less. He will not fail us. His grace is sufficient. Every. Single. Day.

And it’s in the midst of our waiting that God promises us 
the strength to mount on wings like eagles.

Put your finger on the text. Place your nose upon the promise. Bind your heart with these words:

But they that wait up on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.

They shall soar.

"And He will bring us through -- that is the promise of the Everlasting God."

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