Posted by: towngie | May 30, 2011

Application of the Fighter Verse for June 4/5

Isaiah 40:30-31 (Listen to song Demo above)

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Chapter 40 of Isaiah opens with this instruction. The chapter focuses on the greatest comfort known. Namely, that comfort comes not from anything within us, but from a God who is great and through His word that is forever.
Isaiah was preaching to an exiled people that felt that their way had been hidden from the Lord and their rights disregarded from their God (40:27.) When we walk through valleys of suffering we may resonate with the Israelites. We may feel as if God has forgotten us or that he no longer cares for us.  Isaiah’s response to his congregation is firm and caring. (See last week on Isaiah 40:28-29)

Notice again that his response is not man focused, it is God focused. He establishes who God is first and points to his faithfulness.

The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

The he turns to us and our frailty. He promises that this God who is the all powerful, everlasting, creator is also for us. He promises power for the faint. For those who are in covenant relationship with God, those who wait on him, he promises all that we need. When we faint, he will renew our strength.

If you are not in suffering and trial now, it will come. Peter tells us to not be surprised by every fiery trial as though something strange were happening (1 Peter 4:12.) Paul admonishes us often to endure suffering, assuming that we will be faced by it (Rom. 5:3, 2 Tim. 2:3, 2 Tim. 4:5.) Isaiah gives us the promises here that will carry us through these times. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses [and some in ourselves], but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength!

Practical suggestions:

  • What does mounting on wings like eagles, running and not being weary and walking and not fainting look like this side of heaven?
  • When have you experienced God’s promised strength in this way? Thank him for his faithfulness to you in these times.
  • When have you not waited on the Lord in your suffering? Confess this and ask him to give you the strength to do even this.

How will you use this scripture song in your life this week? with your spouse? your children? your family? your neighbors?

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