IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: HE RENEWS MY STRENGTH JUST LIKE THAT OF THE EAGLES
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“But those who wait on 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 NKJV).
Here is one of the most beautiful promises given to those who put their trust in God. They shall forever renew their strength. They shall always rise above seeming defeat and soar up to lofty heights. God Himself will enable them to run their course, even where much younger and stronger men stumble and fall. Their secret is that “they wait upon the Lord.” Jehovah Himself is the inexhaustible fountain of their strength.”
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” If they are apart from God their strength will die out; but when they are linked to God, and wait upon God for everything, casting their nothingness upon his omnipotence, then shall they find their strength renewed. With God in him though the man were dead yet shall he live. Job says, “My bow was renewed in my hand.” Grass cut down shall grow again when heaven’s dew shall quicken it. The brook that was ready to dry up shall flow again when heaven remembers it and unseals its treasures. The skies that burned like brass shall be cooled with clouds again when the Lord thinks upon them. When the heart drinks life from the heart of God, and man is at one with his Maker, then all is well.
We live in a world that prides itself in all its accomplishments. We live in a world that prides itself in being able to do anything it sets its mind to do, a world that has put men on the moon, and even plans, apparently, to put a base up there on the moon. We live in a world that has so much power stored up in it’s nuclear weapons, it could destroy itself a number of times over. But where is your strength? Is it in the things of the world? Of course the answer of the child of God is, the answer of the text. It’s the answer that we confess too, when we say the words of the Apostle’s Creed, “I believe in God the Father, almighty.” That’s where our trust is. Our strength is in Jehovah, our faithful, covenant God.
He saves us, matures us, strengthens us, and renews us. What an exciting thing it is to be a Christian! God does not want us to crawl like insects, or even to walk like mere men. He wants us to mount up with wings and live in the heights like the eagle! If we trust Him, yield to Him, wait upon Him, and obey Him, He will cause our spiritual wings to grow and will lift us to a higher plane.”
The word ”renew” may be literally translated ”change” or “exchange” Our greatest weakness is our own strength, and if we will go to the Lord in our utter weakness He will exchange it for His strength (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). What kind of strength? Physical strength? Yes, He can and does renew our physical strength when we wait upon Him – look up Romans 8:11. Mental strength? Yes, He is the fountain of all wisdom and quickens our minds as we wait before Him, look up Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23; 2 Timothy 1:7, KJV. Moral strength? Yes and how we need it! Look up Ephesians 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:1. Spiritual strength? Yes look up Luke 24:29; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:25; Isaiah 30:15.
We will “run, and not grow weary…” It is not natural to run and not feel weary, but God promises supernatural power for the accomplishing of supernatural tasks; we are a supernatural people because we are linked to a supernatural God! – look up John 7:38; 14:12. Are the ”streams” flowing through us and the “greater things” being accomplished through us?
Are there days when it seems you have become so tired and weary that you think you will never be strong again? Does it feel like you have become so wounded from discouragement that wholeness can never be experienced. We serve a mighty and all powerful God who can create, sustain, strengthen and comfort. The problem is, we limit Him and our understanding of Him based on our experiences here on earth. If we are not careful, we limit the presence of Him in our lives by underestimating His power and falling prey to doubt and fear.
Isaiah 40:28-31 “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. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 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.”
Even the strongest of people grow tired and weak, whether from sickness, stress, or lack of nutrition, but we must remember that God will never grow weary nor His power diminish! His strength is our source when this human body and mind grows weary. When life seems to crush you and bring trial after trial, it is then that God works to give us miraculous strength from His everlasting arms.
Isaiah is telling us that waiting, also translated hoping, in the Lord is when we expect His promises to strengthen us and empower us rise above the distractions and difficulties of this life. We must trust in God. Without trusting that He will never fail, we become weak and disheartened thus plunging us deeper toward despair. Patiently expecting His deliverance is our remedy from the afflictions and tribulations of this earth.
Be encouraged today that just as the eagle soars above the mountains you too can experience this freedom to fly higher than conflict, aggravations, negativity and strife. God can and will strengthen you, shift the wind in your favor, and give you the spiritual vision needed to understand from a different position. We must worship vertically and expect help from above. Too often our worship and hope are affected by horizontal circumstances that dampen our praise and shorten our patience. Look up and allow your strength to be renewed, ascend to new heights with wings like eagles, and overcome your obstacle!
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
“We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). God in His grace will provide power, strength, and courage to the weary, weak, and downtrodden when they are willing to be patient and wait on Him. God will cause us to mount up on eagles’ wings.
“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
But you would not,
The prophet Isaiah uses wings like eagles in the same way, attributing the great characteristics of eagles to those who remain faithful to God and look forward to their heavenly reward. The phrase mount up is a translation of the Hebrew word ˈalah, which means “to go up, ascend, to go up over a boundary.” Isaiah is communicating the promise that God will provide renewed strength and courage to overcome obstacles, if Israel would only have patience and trust in the Lord’s sovereign timing.
I pray, “Father, forgive my lack of patience when I dwell on my circumstances. Let my heart and mind be drawn closer to You and Your power to strengthen me in difficult times. My desire is to wait on You and let Your will be done in my life. Renew me this day to continue my journey that I may help others as I go. In Jesus’ name I ask, amen.”
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