“The everlasting God will not grow tired or weary.” (Isaiah 40:28)
Paul, the apostle of Christ, wrote, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2Corinthians 12:10). Paul was speaking of spiritual strength, but he knew that God’s power was ‘made perfect in weakness”.
As the prophet Isaiah declared, “The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29).
What was the path to such strength? Abiding in Jesus. “Apart from me you can do mothing,” He said (John 15:5). As the weightlifter Paul Anderson once said “If the strongest man in the world can’t get through one day without the of Jesus Christ-where does that leave you?” To find out, we can release our dependence on our own illusive strength, asking God for His strong and prevailing help.
- When you depend on God’s strength, and not your own, what’s the outcome?
- How does abiding in Jesus give you strength?
All-powerful God, our life’s burdens feel heavy and overwhelming at times, but abiding in You gives us Your strength to carry on and overcome.”
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 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 hop 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.
The people of the Bible repeatedly found strength through their relationship with God. In Exodus, after the Israelites miraculously crossed the Red Sea, Moses sang, “The Lord is my strength and my defense”. When David’s men talked of stoning him, he “found strength in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). Later, after God delivered him from Saul, David declared, “It is God who arms me with strength” (2 Samuel 22:33; Psalm 18:32). Likewise, Asaph proclaimed, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). The prophet Isaiah declared, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense” (Isaiah 12:2). We too can find strength in God, who assures us, “Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” (Isaiah 41:10).