From Pastor Brady
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they 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 40:28-31)
When the people of Judah faced great hardship and despair, the prophet didn’t tell them how to avoid that hardship (there was no avoiding it), and he didn’t tell them how to get out of the hardship. Rather, he told them about their God. Their God is everlasting, the creator, tireless, and really smart.
But most importantly, He shares.
Having a God who is big and strong and wise and even eternal is nice. But if he keeps all of that to himself, it doesn’t help us much does it? But if He is willing to share His strength, and His wisdom, and even His eternality, then you and I have some hope in the middle of the hardships of life. Like Maurice wrote earlier this week- there is a happy ending to this story.
The overarching truth of Isaiah 40, the transcendent God wants to be imminent, is one of the things that separates our faith from all others. God wants to dwell with us. But not only WITH us, but IN us. God wants you to mount up with wings like eagles. He wants you to share His own power and glory. But how?
Of course we know that ultimately God has shared Himself with us through the indwelling life of Christ. Christ’s life in me gives me eagle’s wings. He makes me soar. He offers me eternal hope and love and joy. His strength is my source of all strength. He has accomplished it all for me and now through me. The God whose understanding is unsearchable, has made himself known to me through the Living Word and the Spirit.
Let us rejoice in these truths. But also, as verse 31 says, let us “wait on” them. Contemplate them. Meditate on them. But also count on them. Live in expectancy of what God will do through you by His strength. Expect Him to show up today. Keep your faith eyes open. Do you expect to crawl today or to soar? I’m not talking about circumstances. I’m talking about in your spirit. Your attitude. Your ability to love others and live in great joyful hope of a certain future, in the midst of this uncertain present.
Will you soar today?