“…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.” (Isaiah 40:31)
There is no arguing the fact that the length of this pandemic has taken its toll and burdened us with a weariness that is frustratingly difficult to carry. Many people are fatigued and worn out and the predictable arrival for some of the mid-winter blues isn’t helping. Emotional barometer readings are erratic.
The people of Isaiah’s time could be forgiven for feeling an energy-sapping weariness as they carried the weight of physical displacement and spiritual homelessness. They could only dream of going back to their prior lives and enjoying how things had once been. But God provides the prophet Isaiah, an agent of grace. He enters with a word that reminds the exiles of the goodness of God. Isaiah gives people hope that their strength will be renewed, that like soaring eagles they will once again thrive and that they will not faint, not be undone by what they must carry.
We too can know the goodness of God through the grace-filled word of Jesus Christ. He invites the weary and burdened to come him (Matthew 11:28). Jesus is the embodiment of the God who still blesses, still keeps us, still makes his face to shine upon us. (Numbers 6:24-26) Today, let’s allow God’s Spirit to lift us above any and all weariness.
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