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, NIV
This week I had the opportunity to visit a member of our church in the hospital post surgery. The doctors thought this individual might have a post-operation blood clot in his lungs. News like this can be devastating and create fear and opportunity for speculation. I made it to the Emergency Room in enough time to see this young man before he was whisked away for tests, leaving me enough time to lay a hand on him.
Following the tests, while waiting on the results, I felt as though I was watching a miracle unfold in his life. What began in this young man as labored and strained breathing, eventually turned in to hearty laughing and wonderful conversation about Christ and His work in his family. Eventually, the test results came back negative for a blood clot.
Often times the greatest display of God’s glory in circumstances of illness or the uncertainties of life are found not in the results of a healing or miracle, but the work on one’s character and dependence upon God during the crisis. Jesus said in John 15:8, that God is glorified by the fruit which is produced in our lives. God-fruit can only be produced through dependence on Him–even through times of pruning. Many times miracles and healings become an added bonus to encountering God through trials.
Isaiah in this Scripture made it clear that in our lives there would come seasons in which we would need to be renewed and strengthened. For believers, we certainly must have daily dependence on God for renewal and provision. Providence is God’s ability to care for and provide for His people. Philippians 2:13 (NIV), says, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” God provides the willingness and the resources to act. Knowing that God will provide and sustain us in every moment of our lives, enables us to rest and be renewed in Him–even in the most uncertain of circumstances. We can truly enter His rest when we fully trust His providence.
The Fire Bible says this about Isaiah 40:31:
To hope in the Lord means to trust him completely with our lives and to serve him faithfully. We are to wait patiently for his promises and purposes to be fulfilled. Those who truly have put their hope in God will turn to him quickly as their source of help in time of need. Those who hope in the Lord are promised God’s strength to revive and refresh them when they feel exhausted from suffering and difficulty; the ability to rise above their difficulties like an eagle that soars into the sky; and the ability to run spiritually without tiring and to make steady progress without giving up when it seems that God’s plan is delayed. God promises that if his people will patiently trust him, he will provide whatever they need in his perfect time until they are united with him forever.
As we find our satisfaction in God through dependence upon Him, we find our lives to be renewed with overflowing joy. Isaiah portrays the effects of this renewing like the ability of the eagle to soar above the circumstances of life. Have you ever sensed the renewing of God that lifted you out of the pit of despair and set you soaring into heavenly heights?
God is glorified, and the cycle of joy continues.