A Word of Encouragement

Isaiah 40:31  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 3
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:3131But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)).
We see first that “they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” You say, “There are a lot of problems in my life, and I can’t seem to get above them.” The Lord can help you to rise above them. But you say, “Well, I haven’t yet risen above them.”
But it next says, “They shall run, and not be weary.” Maybe you can’t get above them, but you can run. “Lord, Thou hast drawn us after Thee; now let us run, and never tire” (Little Flock Hymnbook, #166). But you say, “I can’t even run; I’m just walking.”
But, then, isn’t it lovely, “They shall walk, and not faint.” Another may say, “I can’t seem to run. I see other Christians happy and enjoying these things, but it just doesn’t seem to be my portion, I guess.” Well, perhaps you are just walking, but don’t faint.
The Lord will give you the strength. He understands you and He loves you. Even when we get slowed down—and sometimes we do in our Christian pathway—isn’t it blessed to know that He gives us the strength even just to walk along.
But don’t stop—don’t give in to the thought, “Well, I’m just going to give up.” No, it says that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” He is able to give you the strength that you need in whatever circumstances of life you may find yourself.
G. H. Hayhoe (adapted)