posted Aug 30, 2017, 8:16 PM by Dale Barnes

There is a chorus that was very popular when I first became a Christian. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount on wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord; Teach me, Lord, to wait.”(Taken from Is.40:31) This is a wonderful truth!

Around this verse there is a setting that makes this truth challenging and inviting today.  Is.40:27 tells us that many Israelites were saying; “My way is hid from the Lord.  My cause is disregarded by my God.” How easy it is to fall into those thoughts today. Nothing seems to be happening when we pray! Things seem to get worse so we are tempted to give up or become passive.

But the Lord tells them to look up at the sky and gaze at the millions of stars. God says I have put them all in place, call them all by name, and not one fails to be in its place.  If God does this, surely he knows and never forgets our needs and wants.  He is big enough to handle every one. You are never “lost in the crowd”.(Is.40:26-27)

In Is.40:28-30 the Lord tells us that he never gets tired or weary! Never does!!  However, we are all subject to these weaknesses. In fact,the best and strongest of men, young men; they wear out. Finally their strength fails.

Then we see the great promise is given. The one we sang years ago. “They that wait (hope) upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall soar like eagles. They shall run, walk and not give up.  God’s Grace, his unmerited favor, is available to all who look to him and trust him. We may have to wait a while, but the Lord will guide, strengthen and truly help those who set their hope in him.