24 Jul Hope For the Journey (Is 40:29, 31) by Pastor Rick Foreman
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 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.“ ~ Is 40:29, 31 (full readings)
Pastor Rick’s Reflections: What an amazing time in our world today for being grounded in the truth of God’s Word. I love how Isaiah lays out for us hope in these troubling times. Verse 29 states, “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might he increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Then in verse 31 he provides the key and action step: “But those who WAIT for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall CHANGE and renew their strength with power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles; they shall Run and not be weary, they shall Walk and not faint or become tired. Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to “…Run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. It’s easy to become weary in the busyness of life today. This presents a perfect time for us to slow down and wait, expect, hope, run, walk, patiently endure, and be steadily engaged in our persistence to pursue Christ foremost in the race set before us. We’re in a race but the ultimate price is a relationship with Jesus. Waiting isn’t exactly a prominent focus in our society today and as Christians, we can easily get caught up in the wrong race. In pursuit of the Jeremiah 29:11 “He has for set before us, we must realize He is the prize.”
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Faith Challenge: Schedule time in your week to “wait.” Even if it is a few minutes, being in the presence of our Lord can refresh you for the journey. Be steady but patient in carrying out what God has called you to do. As a Life Runner, I embrace the running with patience, while being steady and actively persistent in carrying out the message of “Life.” We will run but certainly not grow weary! Be blessed in knowing that He gives us power to push through the “weary” seasons.
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Through Christ our Lord,
Pastor Rick Foreman