“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 wait 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 40:29-31).
God’s word promises that “those who wait in the LORD renew their strength.”
In the NIV, our text reads, “those who hope in the LORD renew their strength.” I am not sure why the NIV translates the word “wait” with “hope”. The Hebrew is wait.
I don’t know about you but I could use some renewal. I long for God’s strength.
God tells us that the pathway to God’s renewal and strength is to wait in the LORD. So, what does it mean to wait in the LORD? What am I doing if I am waiting on the LORD?
Those who are waiting on the LORD are those who are intentional about seeking the LORD and his presence through prayer and his word. Waiting in the LORD doesn’t mean sitting idly. Those who wait in the LORD seek his presence. We enter into the presence of God through prayer and through God’s word.
- Where is strength and renewal to be found? In the LORD.
- How do we find strength and renewal in the LORD? By seeking his presence through prayer and his word.
When we seek the LORD and his presence through prayer and God’s word, it reorients our perspective from the problems in our world, to God. And, when we see God we are reminded of who God is so that we can remember who we are as God’s beloved. It is this reorientation, reminder, and remembrance that gives us his strength and renewal.
Tired? Weary? Depleted? Down and out?
Wait in the LORD. Seek him in prayer. Meditate on God’s word.