“…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.” -Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
I loved wearing my school uniform. Every morning I would make sure that it would look neat and crisp before I went to classes. What I loved most about it however was that emblazoned on my tie and vest was an eagle with an outstretched wing. Written underneath were the words “Isaiah 40:31”. Whenever I was going through anxious times in school, I would always find hope in the promise that was written on my uniform. As long as I placed my hope and faith in the Lord, He would never fail to renew my strength. He will raise my spirit above the concerns and cares of this world on the sure assurance that He will be the one to carry me through the dark times I face.
Why do we give into excessive worry and fear? When the clouds of misery and grief darken our skies, it is a natural response. We feel as if the burdens of our circumstances are meant to be borne solely on our own shoulders. In our limited human perception, we see no other alternative. But humanity was not meant to bear such a burden. We were meant to live in the peace and joy that comes from knowing and relying on our Heavenly Father. Once sin entered the world through our deliberate choice to disobey, not only did suffering enter as well; but the blissful relationship we shared with God was severed because of our wickedness. Yet God is the restorer of all things. Through His loving sacrifice on the cross and His glorious resurrection from the grave, we are all given the hope of being redeemed from our sin and our relationship with God restored if we allow Him to carry out His restorative work in our hearts. As Christ’s children who bear His presence, we must never forget that we do not live this life on our own. We will always have Christ who, if we allow Him to, will strengthen us when we feel weak, revive our spirits when they are crushed, and comfort us in our darkest hour. When we place our hope in Him, His peace will overflow through us; bearing witness to all who see us that there is a God who can and will lift them up if they call upon His name.
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.