Douglas Oakes (May 21st, 2019)
“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 strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary,and the young will fall exhausted;but those 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.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
No rest for the weary, huh? I’ve thrown that phrase around frequently in my lifetime. Lately, I’ve used it as some sort of badge of honor for just how busy and productive I am. Someone might ask how I’m doing. In my mad rush past them, it’s very easy to say…”O, you know…no rest for the weary!”
Isaiah 40:28-31 challenges my use of such a statement. When I read this passage, it inverts my perspective. Now, I have to open myself up to the reality that there is “no weariness for those who rest…in Him.”
If we acknowledge that we have heard and we believe that God is the everlasting God…it changes everything. If He is Creator, never gets tired, knows more than we can think to search out and…as the verse says…gives power and strength to us…then maybe I should learn to pause a bit longer before I advertise to the world just how busy and “weary” I am.
Could it be that I am only “weary” and “exhausted” because I have not allowed the object of my affections (God) to give me strength? Is my hurried-ness (and subsequent tiredness) a reflection of a weak relationship with my heavenly Father? Have I been too afraid to wait on Him for strength?
The other thing I love about these verses is that there is no age discrimination here. The only reason that “youths” are mentioned in verse 31 is to make sure that the entire audience is included. It’s not just tired youths that are receiving strength here. It is “those” who wait upon the Lord…this is EVERYONE! No one is past their time when the everlasting, strength-giving God is still on the job (and He always will be). No matter what our bones or our back may be saying to us…we serve a God who is a restorative presence in each of our lives.
“Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16). I hope this reflection helps us to use caution before accidentally denying the empowering presence of God in our lives. The truth is…with God there is a fantastic reality present that we still fail to lean into each day. When we learn to do so (in this case by waiting on Him)…we will unleash a mountain of blessings into our lives.