~Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
What do you know?
In the Old Testament times, people were not as blessed as we are today to have God’s Word available at any given time. They had to depend on hearing God’s Word from their prophets and high priests. After hearing, they had to keep what they had heard in their hearts so they could pull from it when they needed refueling.
Isaiah exhorted them by trying to help them to remember what they had been taught. Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? It’s as if he is trying to jolt their memories:
Come on, people! We’ve taught you this before. Why don’t you remember? Why don’t you draw from what you have been taught and encourage yourselves?
When the believer is weary, it’s so vital that he remember what God has taught him. When we look back at how God has been there for us in the past and what He has done to bring us through a particular trial, we feel encouraged that He will do it again!
God is not man
Today’s verse points out that God is not man and He does NOT grow weary. God never tires of helping His child. He is NOT weary of helping you, dear Christian. We may grow tired of helping the immature believer because he does not seem to learn from his mistakes. But God is not like this at all. He is the ultimate Parent. He has perfect love, perfect patience and perfect mercy! This perfection is wrapped around the fact that He never gets tired. My friend, does this not encourage you?
~Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Our perfect God is wanting to to help us. He stands ready and He is waiting to renew the strength of the weary believer. When we allow Him to work in our lives, we are promised that He will renew our strength. Not only will He renew our strength, but He will do it in such a way that we will feel as though we are flying! We will come above our circumstances rather than be overwhelmed and covered by them.
God is perfect
God is not human and does not have the weaknesses that we have. His compassion allows Him to understand what we are going through. It is His perfect love that drives this compassion. Any parent can relate to this love and compassion. The love we have for our children is what motivates us when we discipline them – when we try to comfort them when they are hurt – when we try to teach them what is right.
God is perfect and, therefore, this perfection spills forth when He wants to encourage us. Isaiah captures this in Isaiah 40:31, doesn’t he? He says that in our weariness, if we wait upon God as He ministers to us through His Word, He SHALL renew our strength and we will be able to run (spiritually speaking) and not grow tired or faint. We will be able to go through our trial without falling apart. In fact, Isaiah takes it a step further and says that we will rise above our circumstances.
Friend, our weariness can be compared directly to the amount of time in the Word. The Lord promises to renew our strength in time of weariness. The wearier we are, the more we need the Word to cleanse us – to encourage us – to lift us up. I know that the last thing I want to do when I am sick is to open my Bible – but this is when I need to open my Bible. God has a promise there waiting for me if I do!
© Kate Plourde 2009
The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!