strength and power

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29, NIV)

Today’s verse comes in a section about the vastness of God. Isaiah writes about how God is big, brings peace, gives hope, and restores justice. We read today’s verse, and then the well known passage about how those who wait upon the Lord in the midst of their difficulties will mount up on wings like eagles. Isaiah 40 is a beautiful and poignant reminder that God exists above and beyond the daily struggles we face, and longs to help us with them.

I want us to think for a moment about how God gives strength to the weary and power to the weak. I recently went through a time that was highly demanding of me physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I wasn’t just tired, I was weary and weak. I found myself forgetting things, sleeping much more than usual, and struggling with some motivation. I found some rest, but I still felt slap wore out. Then I read a Facebook meme about how tired one’s soul can grow through constant demands. That really resonated with me. The prescription for that is getting away with God and allowing Him to recharge those batteries. This is the essence of Psalm 23:3 where King David wrote about God restoring his soul.

If you are in need of rejuvenation, God can renew your soul and bring the strength and power that only He can give. If you’re wondering the difference, from a fitness point of view, strength is probably pretty self explanatory, but power is the result of strength plus speed. God wants to help you recover your soul, give you His strength through the Holy Spirit, and empower you to live at a supernatural pace for Him. That is, of course, until you need to slow down, be still, and remember once again that He is God, but maybe that is a daily water for another day.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the vastness that is you. Forgive me fro the times I think I’m bigger than I am, and run myself down to the point I am weak and weary. I know I need your strength and your power to give me the supernatural ability to be the person you created and call me to be. I know this is possible with Jesus, so I pray this in His name. Amen.

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