“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” –Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)
We often take for granted the importance of food. When we live in a land of plenty, or at least assured three meals a day, eating becomes more of a social activity that an act with the purpose of sustenance. But in countries where food and resources are scarce, one can see the difference even one meal can make in the lives of people. Street children are a common sight in India. When I was in Calcutta working amongst them, sometimes children would come to our programs without having eaten at all. But once we fed their starving mouths I could slowly see them regain their vitality. With food in their stomachs they could have enough energy to work; an unfortunate reality for many children in developing countries who must work to provide for themselves and their families in their impoverished state. Part of alleviating poverty is simply giving people something to eat for a well-balanced meal goes far in giving strength to confront the challenges they must face.
How many of us have felt weak and weary? All of us have had times when we were simply tired of it all. Under the relentless pressure of our bleak circumstances we become exhausted and wonder if there is any hope. Perhaps we have given our all in fighting against our struggles only to be beaten back. Maybe we have started out on a call from God with much passion and vigour only to become discouraged and disillusioned in the face of opposition. But in Christ we have hope that He will strengthen those who turn to Him. When we have allowed Christ to enter our hearts, He will sustain us by His Spirit and His Word. In those moments when we feel starved and weak, we will find that when we turned to God’s Word it will be like that meal which strengthens us to face each day. Just as how we eat and drink to sustain our physical bodies, being in the presence of God and keeping in step with Christ will sustain us in those moments of darkness as He makes us strong in our weakness.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.