Friday, May 25, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Promised Security

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary," (Isaiah 40:28---31).

* In this beautiful passage, Isaiah affirms God's infinite strength, His giving this strength to those who need it, and the condition for this promised power: waiting. That the LORD has all power, we readily agree; that He strengthens us in our weakness, we gratefully acknowledge; our problem comes at the point of patience. He gives His strength to the one who seeks His timing, as well as His direction.

* Isaiah points up 3 truths in this passage--- (a) God has limitless power and wisdom; (b) He gives this strength to those who have need; and (c) His promised power is conditioned upon waiting for Him. We demonstrate the reality of our trust in Him when we willingly wait for as long as He sees fit to make us wait.

* Such a paradox is this! Rather than depleting our strength, with energy ebbing away to collapse, waiting on the LORD actually produces new strength. As we focus our full attention on the LORD, He replenishes our spiritual vitality, according to our capacity.


The Sewell Family said...

I love this! Thank you for the encouragement!
God Bless
Crystalangel_1999 <><

Julie said...

What a nice respite from the internet world of theological battling! Thank you for the encouragement, Doc!