New hope… new strength

Words of comfort for the weary and the tired…

Isaiah 40

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
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.

How does it feel to be tired? The weary feeling is not only physical but often emotional and mental as well. It is a weariness that comes from doing the same thing again and again. It is the feeling of getting tired from old routines – repetitive stuffs – boring tasks lacking freshness. It might also be a case of anxiety and fear dragging the body down… a constant tension in the heart.

Being tired and weary is part and parcel of living in this broken world. Even the strong gets weak, even the young gets weary. Even super heroes have their weaknesses. Even Christians grow tired.

Only the Lord, the everlasting God (eternal – no beginning and no end), the Maker of all that exist, He is the only one who does not grow tired. We can never understand the depth of his understanding. He understands us – he knows when we are weary and weak. He gives us strength when we are tired. He increases our supply of power when we are weak.

How do we avail of his strength and power? Hope. What is hope? Hope is more than just optimism that someday soon things will be better. Nouwen writes ‘Hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present, with the Deep Trust that God will never leave us alone but will fulfil the deepest desires of our heart.’ Hope is waiting with faith. Hope is expecting patiently and trusting fully.

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Those who hope IN the Lord… It is more than waiting ‘for’ the Lord. It is waiting ‘in’ the Lord. To wait in the Lord is to abide – to stay with God; be in his presence. This abiding presence gives us strength… the strength likened to the soaring of the eagle! What power! What strength! What joy! This hope, this joy, this abiding presence with the Lord enables us to run tirelessly; it allows us to walk and not be faint.

How are you holding, my friend? Are you tired and weary from the burdens of life? Are you fed up and about to give up or have you given up?

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Those who hope in the Lord renews their strength.
They will soar on wings and take flight like the eagle.

Be weary no longer. Hope in the Lord. Be with the Lord. Take time to linger in his presence. Take time to read the Bible and pray to him.

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