Read: Isaiah 40:29-31
Have you ever drank a cold glass of water when you were really thirsty? You felt the relief it gave, but at the same time had the desire to keep drinking? In these moments, it seems like you could never possibly get enough.
This similar feeling of want and craving is minuscule compared to the kind of longing experienced after just a taste of what it is like to be in the presence of the Lord and to be renewed by Him.
I’m blessed to say that I’ve been able to experience such a joy and fulfillment in God. I sometimes forget that that feeling of luxury is right around the corner at any moment of my life, especially in hard times that seem like they will never end.
Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
This passage is the greatest reminder we will ever need in times of weakness, doubt, and feeling lost. It tells us that we don’t need to rely on our own strength to keep going. This is a hard concept to grasp in a world that constantly tells us independence is freedom.
The reality is that we can’t do this life on our own. We need a community of believers around us and to realize that God is always here. There are those out there who believe they can rely on themselves to keep pushing on because that is the only stability they’ve ever known. But God is here to say that we don’t need to live like that anymore.
Failure meets us when we try to do anything by ourselves. We should have the same mindset Micah had. Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Hold on to this hope. Hold on to the truth that you are never alone.
Have you had any moments in your life where you felt like you were going to lose hope and give up? Maybe it’s a battle you have with a secret sin or a struggle with sadness or anger. Repeat Isaiah 40:29-31 to yourself to assure yourself of the truth that God is here with you.