If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know that one of my favorite passages is Isaiah 40. Today I want to share one last thought on hope this month with one of the more famous verses from Isaiah 40:28b-31:
“The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”
Everyone gets tired at some point in time. Let’s face it, there are lots of stressors, pressures and challenges in even the simplest of lives, not to mention the people we interact with. We can only take so much pressure before we crack.
Reading this passage from Isaiah almost makes me more tired, knowing God doesn’t get tired or worn down; where does He get all that energy?! It also calms me down from that cliff edge I’m wavering on when I’m super tired or feeling beat up. In multiple ways this passage tells me that God has more life, more heart, more love, more compassion and more grace that I could ever dig up within myself.
This passage assures us that God will give us the strength to keep going when that’s what is necessary. However, God has nothing against rest too, remember He spent 6 days creating the world in Genesis and on the 7th He rested. God’s got no problem stopping for a time or taking a break when He needs it. Which says a lot about us people who don’t know when to stop and rest and keep pushing forward when it’s not necessary.
If you find this week that you are at the end of your rope, take a look around and make sure that God’s not encouraging you to take a break. If God really is encouraging you to keep going He will give you the strength to keep going.