ISAIAH 40:28-31: “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.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: I’m tired! As I read and meditate upon God’s Word today my body is not quite in step with my spirit. Jesus said, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” I think this means more than just susceptible to sin. Our physical bodies are weak – period! It is hard to rejoice in our hearts when our bodies are dog tired.
It is important to remember in these times of physical limitation – God never faints nor grows weary. What a wonderful truth, what a wonderful promise. God never needs a day off. He never grows faint or weary in His work on our behalf. The writer of Hebrews gives us this reminder about our Lord Jesus Christ:
“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them…For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” (Hebrews 7:23-25, 28 ESV)
All humans have the same limitations. Isaiah writes that even the youth will faint and grow weary, and the young men shall fall exhausted. And to all of mankind, to everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord – He stands ready to give power to the faint, and strength to him who has no might. This is the wonderful Power and Grace of God directed toward us through our Lord Jesus Christ. He understands our frame. He knows our limitations. He is loving and compassionate and comes to our aid with grace and help in our time of need. He is our strength!
So what should I do when I am tired and weary? Jesus cries out – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV) Jesus stand ready to give His help, His wisdom, His strength and refreshing. Jesus understands every struggle and weakness we will ever face in this life. As we daily wait upon Him, as we sit at His feet to receive His Word, we will…
“…mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Lord, this morning I come to You, tired and in need of refreshing. Create in me a clean heart. Renew in me the joy and freedom of Your Holy Spirit. Restore in me the joy of Your salvation. Give me the strength to mount up with winds like an eagle and “soar”!
In Jesus Name!