“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV
I recently heard an ex SAS man say something that made me think. Bearing in mind this is a man who has been there done it, bought the T shirt. He has ran mile after mile, endured pain and been pushed to the limit and then some. When asked about the qualities of what makes a man able to make it into the SAS he said, someone who never quits and knows when they are weak.
He said this on a show that is putting ordinary guys (civilians) through what some would describe as the toughest job interview ever, to get into the SAS. With their shiny gym memberships, Lycra-clad mountain biking gear, marathon training and Tough Mudder weekends, that today i know some people measure their fitness and how tough they are through. It quickly became apparent to see how little this counted for absolutely NOTHING in the face of a heavy backpack, the Brecon Beacons, a posh bloke giving some hard stares and a Scottish guy shouting at the top of his lungs “Do you give up?”
What they are trying to do is strip away a facade, an image that the guys project that makes them look better than they are.
This reminded of this scripture verse
He gives power to the faint
To him who has no might He increases STRENGTH
I am so glad I don’t have to pretend I have it all figured out, that i have all the answers or that I am some kind of superman. What I need to know more and more, is that when I weak then I am strong.
I know many people who are weary and exhausted in life, and there is hope for you. You see, not only does and can He increase our strength but He renews our strength. Basically what happens is, as we come before Him in his presence on His terms a divine transaction takes place. He replaces our puny, feeble strength with his divine strength.
I don’t want a tiny god for the good times, I want a big God for the times when I have no strength.
If I were to walk into a chemist with a prescription and hand it in, the chemist would give me what is prescribed to me, there and then. Sometimes the danger is to think today, that God somehow dishes out strength and encouragement the same way, NO. Do you know what He does? He gives us himself. That is so much better.
Paul was on a ship that was bound to sink but he was able to stand before the rest of the crew and say “This night the Lord stood by me”. Three hebrew men were faced with the fiery furnace and they stood before it and said “Our God whom we serve is able” and the Lord stood by them in the fire. Job was asking why is this happening to me God? Did God answer NO! but what He did do is give Job a deeper revelation of who He was and is, so that Job could say, “Though He slay me yet will I trust Him!”
However it takes us to do something WAIT. That’s is the hard bit. You see when I am waiting on something I don’t feel in control, and thats the point sometimes. I need to know he is in control, that his hand is on the thermostat, that is he is sovereign and over all.
One of the ways I can wait on him is in my worship. The word worship in the Old Testament means, literally, to bow before. It’s the idea of actually pressing your forehead right to the ground. In other words I come to him acknowledging He is who He says He is. That I pour my praise to Him, that if He never does another single thing for me again, that He has already done enough. That is He is more than enough.
Sometimes I am guilty of trying to figure it all out, putting on a face that I am strong when the reality is I am weak and He is strong. I need to get back to that place of surrender and submission and just wait on him believing that STRENGTH wil rise as we wait upon the Lord.