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
There are days when my strength seems to be gone, especially toward the end of the day. Many times there was a late afternoon class scheduled for me to teach when I felt more like taking a nap. After praying for God’s strength, and proceeding to teach the class, my energy would soar and my Spirit was on fire. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
When we serve the Lord, giving our best, he will provide whatever we need, including strength and energy. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 2:10) When we serve the Lord, depending on the Spirit for the words and his wisdom, we can also pray for the strength and energy. How do you think Moses survived in the desert on Mt. Sinai for 40 days and nights without food and water? God sustained his life and health. How did Jesus in the flesh survive 40 days and nights in the desert without food or water? The Father sustained his life and health. The Lord will do the same for us. When life is physically and emotionally draining and we don’t think we can make one more day, the Lord promises that those who put their hope in him, will have their strength renewed.
We can train ourselves to depend on the Lord for renewed strength. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. (Acts 14:23) We can fast from food and water seeking to be closer to the Lord and he will sustain our strength. You will find even though you may be weak with little energy, the Lord will provide his strength to teach a class or to be active in a Bible study. God has the power to give us his strength and energy to do his will, even though in our own strength we are weak and tired. Experiencing the miraculous strength and energy from the Lord helps us to know his love and his presence with us.
Knowing the Lord will give us his strength never prevents us from taking the best possible care of ourselves, both physically and emotionally. But no matter how strong we are physically and spiritually, or how rested we may be, there will be days when our energy is low, especially in our older age. But the Lord is with us and he will sustain us.
Today, remember the Lord will give you spiritual strength which leads to courage. When we feel the Lord’s strength with us we are lifted up on wings of eagles, and we can overcome the world with his love and wisdom. Let the Lord motivate you by his strength, because it is a physical sign of his presence with you and his love for you.
Let’s pray: Thank you for giving me your strength when I am weak. Guide me in the Spirit to depend on the Spirit to minister to this world, surrendering to you in all things. Help me to always give you my best in everything I do, and may everything I do be for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.