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Prayerful Wednesdays: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

18 July 2012

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 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.– Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
Who isn’t tired these days? With all of the demands and distractions how could we not be? Well, turns out that this has been happening since the time of Isaiah. I used to feel that I connected more to stories in the New Testament and that they were more applicable to my life but this verse alone lends great wisdom from the Old Testament.
The youths were tired and weary, check! The young men stumble and fall, check! Who doesn’t stumble in their walk or even their work for the Lord. The constant battle with secular principles is exhausting. We are only human! And God made us this way. But in the same breath of acknowledging our weakness, Isaiah tells us that the Lord will renew our strength. So why are we not leaning on Him?
I often think about my relationship with coffee. Besides brushing my teeth, making coffee is the very first think I do in the morning. I depend on coffee, drink it multiple times a day and can’t think about going without it. Why do I not recognize God in that way?
Why isn’t praying to God or studying the Bible the first thing I do in the morning? How could I easily avoid finding the time for devotions or prayer in my life? And when I don’t have that in my life, why is it that it takes time to notice? I don’t get a headache that is unbearable. I get a lifestyle and outlook that unbearable. The part that convicts me the most is that knowing all of this, I don’t improve.
Despite that, God still love me. He is there for me when I stumble. He has made a promise to me. The last portion of the verse in Isaiah is that promise. That through God, I will run and not grow weary. I will soar and not grow faint.  

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