“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
There are times when each of us feels that we are at the “end of our rope.” There are times when the gumption to get up and get going has gotten up and gone! There are times, if we are honest with ourselves, when we can become spiritually drained. There are a few things that came to my mind today as I read these very familiar verses. The space here will not be adequate to exhaust those things, but let me mention a few for you to ponder today.
I noticed that Isaiah began this great section of Scripture by reminding us of the greatness of our God. Notice the phrases, “everlasting God,” and “Creator of the ends of the earth.” I think Isaiah wanted us to remember that when we become weary, we have the ultimate source for strength. Earlier in the chapter (40:12) he had spoken about the immensity of our God. This is good for us to remember when we are so weary that we feel like we cannot go forward. Look to the Creator of the ends of the earth … He can handle it!
You will also notice from these verses that this weariness of life does not only come to those who are old, but to all. I like that 30th verse where it makes it clear that “Even the youths shall faint.” We often associate weariness only with older folks. There is a great lesson here for those who are younger reading this today. Young people should be actively involved in serving God so that you can become weary! Sitting around on the couch playing a video game does not wear you out (except for your thumbs and posterior). Get up and get involved today. If you have been feeling weary in doing something for God, be comforted to know that He is well aware of that, and He is on call. He is ready and able to help you in your time of need! Run, and He will prop you up!
“There is no thrill quite like doing something you didn’t know you could.” – Marjorie Holmes