Isaiah 40:31, “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
The above passage is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I love it so much because it speaks directly to the kind of person I am. I planted my first church at the age of 22 and, since then, have always believed in hard work and passion. No matter how young and strong I was in my early years, I would still find myself getting tired and weary in ministry. I had to learn to place my hope in the Lord and receive His enduring strength. Andrew Murray wrote, “Abide in Jesus, the sinless One- which means, give up all of self and its life, and dwell in God’s will and rest in His strength.” No matter how strong you are, you will eventually reach the end of your strength; everyone eventually does.
Whether you’re a parent feeling worn out because of the constant energy needed to keep a happy home or a person providing for your family and facing increasing pressure and fatigue on your job, there will be times in life when you lose your passion and motivation. At those times God promised to renew your strength.
The word “renew” means, “to make new again.” God promised to make your strength new, again, as if you had never used it all. God is able to give your mind and body rejuvenating strength that will carry you like the eagle’s wings! You will be able to walk through hard situations in life without growing faint and you will run with passion to achieve your goals while others get tired and give up.
Don’t take on life’s challenges with your own strength and endurance. Instead hope in the Lord so He can make you like the eagle that effortlessly soars for miles on the wind by using its God-given wings. Stop striving in the flesh and be renewed by the Spirit!
Are you renewed in your strength today?
- Place your hope in God for all that you need.
- Confess to God, in prayer, the places where you have become tired and weak.
- Make time, everyday, to be renewed in God’s presence by reading His Word, worshipping Him and speaking the Word of God to yourself — especially when you feel tired.