Wait or Faint

2018 may have been the best year of your life, or this past year may have been a difficult year for you.  Tomorrow you will close out 2018, but you may feel like you are just barely limping over the finish line.  If you close the year feeling like you have little strength left, or if you are overwhelmed that a whole new year is rushing your way look to the source of strength.

God: the Source of Strength

Isaiah 40:28, 29 tells us that the everlasting Creator God does not faint or grow weary.

As human beings our strength is limited.  At times life will throw more at us that we can bare.  We tire easily and become weary.  Even if we are too stuborn to give up, our bodies will eventually shut down.

I had a friend that participated in a 48 hour military style endurance event.  His motto was “don’t quit.”  He was an athletic guy and had trained for the event for over a year.  He was not going to stop until the finish line.  However, halfway into the event his body shut down and he fainted.  He was taken to the ER and spent two weeks in the hospital.

Regardless of how strong or determined we are eventually our body will shut down.  Our strength is limited.  God’s strength is not limited.  He does not faint.  He does not become weary.  Isaiah also tells us that God gives strength.  If you are weary look to the source of strength.

To whom does God give strength?

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.

God gives strength to those who wait on Him.  The word translated “wait upon” carries with it the idea of looking, anticipating and hoping.  Those who “hope in” the LORD receive strength.

If you go into the new year determined to be successful in your own strength you will faint.  If you want to have renewed strength for a new year, wait and trust in Him.

Wait.  Place your trust in God, the One who never grows weary and does not faint.

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