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 (Isaiah 40:31, KJV)
The prophet Isaiah gives us a remarkable picture of the life of those who trust in the Lord. He says they shall mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary and walk and not faint. Waiting upon the Lord in this context is used for looking forward to, trusting and putting our faith in Him.
A central theme in this verse is that of strength. The Lord compares the powerful wings of an eagle that lifts up upon the earth with the strength that those who wait on Him will display. An eagle is known for its strength amongst the birds and flies swiftly, powerfully and at a high altitude. The Lord says that is how your life will take off!
The verse continues and states that we will run and not be weary and walk and not faint. Running and walking are figurative expressions to describe the activities of our daily lives. Walking is living and carrying out your usual activities, such as routine Christian activities, ministry or even family and business. Running, on the other hand, is when God takes you to a different level. For example, a paster who had 300 members in his congregation moves to a different level where he now has 2000 members! This is running, and the Lord says you will not grow weary! God says even when He broadens your horizon and adds more to your plate, you will not get burnt out!
Why do we renew our strength when we wait on the LORD? What part of your life feels like running right now, and what part is walking?
APPLY THE WORD
When God increases you, He provides the strength to accommodate the increase. Enlarge your horizon and stretch your faith. He will support you in whatever He has commanded you to do.
Thank the LORD for the promise always to strengthen us even when life becomes like a marathon!