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November 26, 2015

Thursday

 

Isaiah 40:31

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Circumstances may overcome even the strongest young people in their prime, either through lack of inner resources or because of the hardness of life. Yet those who continually rest on, trust in, and wait for Yahweh will receive renewed and different—divine—strength. The Hebrew verb translated “gain” suggests an exchange of strength, our inadequate strength for His abundant strength. This expression implies two things: complete dependence on God and a willingness to allow him to decide the terms.

They who wait on the Lord will be able to overcome natural drawbacks, endure with energy to spare, and keep on living without becoming excessively tired. The threefold description forms a climax, not its opposite; for the exceptional flying and the occasional running do not require, as does the constant walking, an ever-flowing stream of grace.

The intent of this great chapter was to encourage the Israelites, as they looked forward to captivity, to continue to depend on, and submit to, the Lord. He could and would deliver them eventually. The Christian can also find encouragement here, in view of the greatness of our God and His promises to deliver us, too.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 147:11

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