Do you ever grow tired of life? Do you wake up in the morning and just feel your muscles ache and think, “today isn’t worth it, I’ll just stay in bed…” I’m sure we all have these days from time to time. During the days of the prophet Isaiah, the people of Israel were in bondage and every day they had to get up knowing that they were slaves to an evil people who worshipped many gods and thought themselves as the greatest kingdom on earth. I bet they wish they could just stay in bed and let their weary bodies rest. Rather than getting them a cup of coffee, God sent Isaiah to say this,
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
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 upon 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.”
This entire chapter is an invigorating and exciting description of the greatness of God. An inspiration to the people of Israel. I love the phrase, “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” HELLO! WAKE UP ISRAEL! God is a tireless God and He is your God, lets get it in gear and get moving! Just like Israel I think we can grow weary of our day to day struggles but it is when we are weary that the Lord is strong. We serve a God who is not burdened by physical limitations. He does not become weary or tired, His understanding is inscrutable.
Verses 29-30 should be our cup of morning jo. God gives strength to those who are weak, and a renewed vigor to those who are stumbling. When we grow tired of our daily walk with God, when we are caught in the middle of sin, when we simply can’t take our physical circumstances, that is when God is our greatest strength. All we must do is wait on the Lord. In the Hebrew language the word wait can be translated as, “wait, hope, or trust.” It has the idea of letting God work things out. Surrendering our own will. When we grow tired of anything as humans we get frustrated and it seems that when we become frustrated, we often mess things up. We start thinking of ourselves first and it falls apart from there. Yet, the promise God gives his people is when we wait on Him, He will renew our strength and give us new life to tackle our struggles.
Next time you don’t feel like taking another step, remember the word of the Lord spoken through Isaiah and wait upon the Lord for the strength that only He can give.