Rise up!

Isaiah 40:27-31 (NASB) 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary,

And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired,

And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.

 

Israel is in a very cruel place. They have been displaced as they are in captivity in Babylon. They are wearied because they are without the Temple, Jerusalem, and every other daily luxury since they have been carried away. What are they to do? How are they to respond? Israel thought that God had abandoned them, which could not have been further from the truth. God was right where He always abided, with those who call upon Him. Isaiah was trying to get Israel to understand the very nature of God and problems that we can face on a daily basis. We can trust in the loving hand of our Lord even in the midst of the greatest trial. Isaiah’s “waiting” is a beautiful picture because it is not simply looking at the clock and “waiting” for a specific time for refreshment but a constant confidence of God’s glorious presence and power to work in our situations. Those who wait upon the Lord are able to climb to greater heights because God is lifting them up. When a bird such as an eagle is in trouble they do not simply flap their wings harder to elude their problem. They simply turn into the wind and allow it to take them to a place of safety, which is far above the problems under their feet. I know that we are faced with problems on every side. How are we to respond? Turn into the wind of the Holy Spirit, which is God’s love and allow the hand of God to take you to a place of peace and rest. Wait I say upon the Lord because He is faithful! Trust Him!

 

His servant,

Marcus Riggs

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