“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.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT)
“Can you work without getting tired?” the store owner asked me when I was looking for my first job.
“Yes sir!” I replied enthusiastically.
He roared with laughter and said, “No, you can’t son! No one can.”
All too soon, I would discover he was right. All of us even though we like our work discover that we are not tireless. Fatigue can set in and discourage us to the point of giving up hope for what we truly enjoy and love.
Isaiah has good news for those who have given up hope. God will strengthen you to do the impossible if we trust Him! Reread the verse. New strength, yes! Soar high like an eagle, yes! Run and grow weary, yes! Walking and not fainting, yes! Sounds impossible but it’s not. My friend, the store owner, would agree, there is a place in Christ to receive new strength, hope and power.
You see with God, we don’t give up. Instead we discover his strength to the impossible. To experience the updrafts of the Holy Spirit, soaring like an eagle, to new heights in life. Trusting God’s Word, we live confidently and as overcomers. We can live without a constant frustration of frenetic activity trying unsuccessfully to solve our life challenges.
Isaiah uses the eagle to illustrate the possibilities that are unlimited for your life. The eagle catches the updrafts and will soar to 15,000 feet traveling at speeds of 65 mph. One pilot said he saw eagles at 20,000 feet. And get this an eagle can travel for hours on these warm updrafts. This is how you can live.
But the key is waiting or trusting God’s Word and his timing. In his book, “It Happens After Prayer” H. B. Charles illustrated this
“One hot afternoon, a certain woman walked to her neighbor’s produce stand to buy grapes. The line was long. And each person seemed to get special attention. But she waited patiently. When she finally made it to the front of the line, the owner asked for her order. She asked for grapes. “Please excuse me for a minute,” was the answer. Then the owner walked away and disappeared behind a building. For some reason, this rubbed the woman the wrong way. Everyone in line before her was greeted warmly. They were given special attention. And, most importantly, they were served immediately. But she was forced to wait. And when she got to the front of the line, she was forced to wait some more. She was offended. She felt the owner took her regular business for granted. The longer she waited, the angrier she became.
Finally, the produce stand owner reappeared. And with a big smile, he presented her with the most beautiful grapes she had ever seen. He invited her to taste them. She had never tasted grapes so good. As she turned to leave with her delicious grapes, he stopped her. “Oh yeah, I’m sorry I kept you waiting,” said the farmer. “But I needed the time to get you my very best.”
How long have you been in line waiting on God to get to your request? How long have you been waiting in line for God to meet a need, solve a problem, or open a door? Whatever you do, don’t get out of line. And don’t stop praying. Wait on God.”
God will take your life and use you. How? First, believe him and follow him with all of your heart. Second, commit to living your life for his glory. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:31–33, CEV)