“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 40:31

We all feel weary from time to time. It seems that every part of our lives can become monotonous, wearisome. Whether it is the humdrum routines of your profession, the constant spinning of plates to try and keep your friends and loved ones happy, or the constant and endless progression of atrocities taking place in the world around us, we get tired of it all. We want something to happen. We want the world to change (so long as that doesn’t mean I have to change along with it).

Verses like Isaiah 40:31 seem to tell us that things will get better if we simply wait for the Lord to do it. Wouldn’t that be nice, huh? But alas, this type of waiting is not sitting back and twiddling our thumbs. This type of waiting is active, the same way that an Olympic athlete waits for the games to begin. While they wait, they train, they lift weights, they run laps, they do everything within their power to prepare for that great day when the torch is lit and their strength is put to the test.

The thing is, sometimes we think that when it says, “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” that it will be some kind of supernatural infusion of divine power. But look again: “The Lord shall renew THEIR strength” – as in, the strength they already possess. The strength to mount up with wings like eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint, comes when God builds on the foundation we already have in place, when God replenishes the strength we’ve already developed.

That strength, the strength that God will renew, will only be as strong and enduring as we are, and our strength and endurance will depend on how well we train NOW, as we wait. The more we get to know this God we are waiting for, the more we pray and consider God’s Word, the more we seek to serve the poor and protect the vulnerable, the more we seek to be like Jesus now, the more strength we will have for God to renew, and the more endurance we will have to fly when that time comes.

The only way to fight weariness is to train yourself to be stronger. Put in the time and effort to be better than you currently are. Don’t get me wrong: who you are now is fine. You are a lovely human being! But every single one of us can be better. And to be better, we have to train.

Faith training,

Pastor Mike

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