JULY 28 RENEW YOUR STRENGTH

ISAIAH 40:28-31 “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 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” (Is. 40:30-31). No one can stand alone against all the pressures of this life. God didn’t make us function independently of Him. We are created to be God-dependent (Jer. 10:23). Therefore, every human endeavor that’s not ordered and empowered by Him is doomed to fail (Ps. 127:1). The good news is that we can live a life wholly dependent on God and soar above every problem the devil throws our way. This isn’t only possible—it’s the way He wants us to live! This is the normal Christian life. How can this happen? The key lies in waiting on the Lord. The Hebrew word translated wait means “to bind together, i.e. collect, or (figuratively) to expect.” It’s this figurative meaning that’s being employed in this verse. Isaiah was speaking of looking to the Lord in expectation of good. That’s what we call “faith.” Only through faith can we renew our strength, run without growing weary, and walk without fainting. Faith is spiritual energy. With it, we are strong. Without it, we are weak. Faith comes from God through His Word (Rom. 10:17). Therefore, to have faith we must seek God through meditating on His Word. Jeremiah said, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him” (Lam. 3:25). God promised, “Seek ye me, and ye shall live” (Amos 5:4). Jesus declared, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Matt. 7:7). Seek the Lord with all your heart today (Jer. 29:13) and be energized!

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