Tuesday, January 8, 2019
28 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. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope 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.
As we continue on through this 40th chapter of Isaiah, we have heard that God is in charge of creation and takes the long view of time. Rulers who seem to be in power for a long time are to God but a breath of wind that soon will be swept away. We also see God as one who cares. Not a single star goes missing, nor does God overlook any one of us. We matter to God, no different from the smallest speck of creation.
Hear today that God’s power and strength are constant and ever present. We get tired. We need to get some sleep to be rejuvenated for a new day, but God is an eternal, ever-ready battery. This power, this strength, is not something that God selfishly hoards for himself. God gives us strength when we are weary. God pumps up power when we are weak.
By our human nature, we think ourselves to be invincible, especially when we are young. We think we will never be involved in an accident that causes us harm. We think we are able to do all things on our own strength of will. But Isaiah reminds us that even young people can get tired, stumble and fall. Our strength stems not from our own capacity, but from God who gives us strength.
There’s a reason why this passage is often read at a funeral service. When we are most vulnerable and hurting because of the loss of a dear one, we are more inclined to search for renewed strength outside ourselves, within the loving embrace of our God. Like an eagle, soaring seemingly effortlessly on the currents of the wind, so we too may find we can meet our future with hope despite whatever trials are before us. It’s not about our power but about God’s power, who graces us with the strength we need.
What a picture we have of you, Lord! What qualities you possess, of strength and power and ever-present love and care. Your resolve does not weaken, nor your capacity to infuse us with fresh resources when we are at our weakest. Lord, let us give to you all things, both that which we think we can handle on our own, as well as those places where we know we cannot. You hold us aloft with a power that is not ours, as we offer you all praise and glory, God who is our Maker and Friend. In Christ we pray, Amen.