Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:30-31 AMP
Reading the context from which today’s text is taken from, I believe the following meanings of ‘youth’ apply to our discourse: “the condition of being young; the appearance, freshness, vigorous, spirit etc., characteristic of one who is young.” Dictionary.com
Freshness is characteristic of youths, yet the Bible says even such can faint. The youthful age is one full of vigour; it characterises the transition between teenage and adulthood. Such are probably for the first time, put in a position to make decisions that could make or mar their future. More often than not, regrets or joys at adulthood stems from choices made at the youthful age. It’s what you put in the bank that you can cash out. No wonder, King Solomon, the man who had pretty much seen it all (wisdom, fame, money, women) advised:
“Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your creator. Honour him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”” Ecclesiastes 12:1 NLT
There is a set of people though, who, regardless of their age (youth or not), experience renewed strength: THOSE THAT WAIT FOR THE LORD! Those whose hearts are fixed upon Him, to delightedly do what He’ll have them do, IN HIS TIME!
Someone who does not get involved in doing many activities or getting worked up about many issues per time, would definitely conserve more energy than one who’s all over the place, engaging in activity upon activity. I believe therefore, one way God renews our strength is by conserving it.
The Eagle I’ve heard, takes time off at certain periods to grow certain parts of its body and shed old bits. It’s a painful, seemingly dragging process but the outcome is worth it. Whilst other birds are busy flapping and being involved in much, the Eagle hibernates and positions itself in the direction of strong winds, which it rides on, soaring unto heights flapping-birds can’t reach, without flapping.
I believe God does similar for those who wait upon Him. Even though your mates may seem to be running far ahead of you and you’re ‘stuck waiting on God’, I just want to remind you that you’re never stuck waiting on God. Life is not a competition. We all have to run the races God has set before us and one day, give account of our lives unto Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:12-18). However, it doesn’t mean being stuck in a state of perpetual inactivity (the eagle sheds old bits and grows new ones in its waiting process). It is a season of shedding weights and moulding our character to closely conform to that of Jesus Christ. Ask God what He’ll have you do at such seasons e.g. He may have you take menial jobs for the mean time to develop your faithfulness and commitment etc. He knows what He’s preparing you for and has your life’s blueprint; trust Him!
Your waiting season is one of making great deposits that you’ll cash out in the future. If done as God prescribes, it would result in renewed strength. Don’t hurry out of it!
God bless you🙂
© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord
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