Verse Of The Week : 10 July 2023

July 10, 2023

Run with Renewed Strength

Ready:

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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 40:30-31

Set:

Are you feeling tired and weary?
Are you exhausted?
Are you feeling weighed down?

There is hope today for renewed strength.

How?

God.

Isaiah 40:31 shares about the power and result of waiting on the Lord.
The message is simple, yet the task can be challenging: wait on God.

Why wait on the Lord?

Only God has the divine ability to strengthen your heart deep within and renew your strength.

The way that God designed our bodies is a reminder for us spiritually: rest heals best.
Athletes perform at their best when there is a healthy balance of training and recovery.
In a similar way, God created us to both run and to rest, not just to run indefinitely and never stop.
There is a tension of waiting and going that God is looking for us to cultivate in our lives.

There is a newfound sense of strength that comes from training hard while resting and recovering well.
Some of the best races and workouts that I’ve experienced in my life are after I’ve rested and restored my body.

As I type this, I’m currently recovering from a surfing accident and got 13 stitches on my leg (and some inside of my leg too!).
On the inside, there’s something in me that wants to bolt and go right back to doing things and training.
However, I need to rest.
I need to wait.
There’s a longing in me to go, but I know that waiting, healing, refreshing, and restoring will lead to renewed strength.

Are you like me?
Do you always want to just go and go and never stop?

I challenge you today to wait on God.

Trust God.

Let Him strengthen you, refresh you, and remind you of who He is and who you are in Him.

Be still before the LORD and refresh your heart, mind, soul, and strength in His presence.
Rest in His presence and allow Him to be your strength and your song.

Go:

  1. What does it mean when Isaiah shares “wait on the Lord”?  Do you find it hard to wait on the Lord?
  2. What would you be able to do with renewed strength in your life physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

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