By Pastor Bill Rowe
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on 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, NKJV)
Are you alone and worn out? Have you reached your limit physically, emotionally and spiritually? Have you exhausted every ounce of your energy? Do you dread facing another problem?
We all experience times when we wonder if we will survive a particularly difficult trial. It seems that everyone is either against us. It seems that no one is aware of our plight. It seems that no one cares. We feel completely along and worn out. In such times the Lord shines brightest, though His Light may be preceded by a time of discouragement and even depression.
Israel was facing a time of extreme trials when the Lord spoke through His prophet Isaiah. The words from Isaiah 40:28-31 can encourage you to turn to God as your refuge and your hope. Take a moment to read through and meditate on the above verses, then pray…
O perfect and almighty Father, my God who rescues the weary, hear my prayer.
I humbly bow before You, Father. I come to you desperately needing Your love and Your kindness, Your mercy and Your grace, Your power and Your strength. I come to You powerless, trusting You to strengthen me, as You see me through my trials.
You promise, Father, to give power to the weak and to increase the strength of those who have none. Lord, You see that my trials have worn me out. I trust that Your eye is upon me and that You, Father, will rescue me. As I wait, You promise to renew my strength! You promise to lift me up with wings like eagles! In Your strength I can tirelessly engage the battle and overcome my foes. I will find victory in You, Lord!
O heavenly Father, hear the prayer of Your weary servant today. Increase my faith in You, and renew Your strength in me!
In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.