“Don’t you know? Haven’t you been listening? Yahweh is the one and only everlasting God, the Creator of all you can see and imagine! He never gets weary or worn out. His intelligence is unlimited; he is never puzzled over what to do! He empowers the feeble and infuses the powerless with increasing strength. Even young people faint and get exhausted; athletic ones may stumble and fall. But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up.” Isaiah 40:28-31 TPT
The end of that verse makes a startling promise, that you will be able to run your race with out growing weary, and walk through life without giving up!
Have you ever grown weary? Have you ever wanted to give up? I have!
So, what gives? Why don’t we experience that all the time?
The key is found in the sentence right before that promise – and it is reserved for a select group of people…
“Those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength.” Isaiah 40:31a
Those who wait.
There are two very important components to making that verse work in your life:
The word in the original language for “wait” in this passage means, “To bind together by twisting like a rope”. How cool is that?
How does this work? Well, when you are losing strength, growing weary, and tempted to quit, bind yourself to the Lord by wrapping yourself around Him through the Word and prayer.
We have eight trees in our front yard that we planted a couple of years ago. I had to bind each one of them with rope to a stake that I drove into the ground as close to the trunk as possible. Right now a few of them are coming loose from the stake and beginning to bow over. I have to go out there and re-bind them today.
When we don’t spend daily time in the Word and prayer we begin to “bow over”. We lose the strength that comes from being bound to the Lord.
What did this Scripture say we were “waiting” for–what is the “rope” that is binding us to the Lord? His grace!
The apostle Paul put it this way:
“But God’s amazing grace has made me who I am! And his grace to me was not fruitless. In fact, I worked harder than all the rest, yet not in my own strength but God’s, for his empowering grace is poured out upon me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 TPT
God’s grace is so much more than how we usually hear it defined, “Unconditional favor and acceptance”. Though that is true, that is just the beginning of His grace. His grace is also empowerment for daily life!
As you bind yourself to the Lord today during your 30 for 30, expect His grace to be “poured out upon you”. This is how you will,
“…rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run your race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up”.
THINK ABOUT IT
- Have you ever thought about how spending time with the Lord in prayer and the Word is like binding yourself to Him, like a tree to a stake? How does that imagery affect you?
- Would you be willing to memorize one Scripture per day through the end of our 30 for 30? These would be like strands of the rope binding yourself to the Lord. If you started today, by the end of this month you will have memorized 25 more Scriptures!