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They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

Isaiah 40:31

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This is Just Part of the Journey

Most of us have read it. We have most probably seen it on a inspirational poster or flyer, even a bookmark. Some have heard it preached before. Still others have gone so far as to study it and made attempts to either dialogue, debate or diatribe its contents and context as well as symbolism and metaphorical mysteries.

Isaiah 40:31 says they will run and not grow weary

It seems as though I am back to where I was a year ago. Memorial Day is here and as we reopen across the nation runners are being enticed to run and run again throughout this month.

#RWRunStreak

As of Memorial Day weekend, if you handle 1 mile per day, then you are bound to keep pace with the Runner’s World summer run streak which ends July 4th.  The streak is simple: run (or walk) at least 1 mile per day and post on social media with the hashtag #RWRunStreak. The runner community will embrace and encircle you with tons of likes and follows as well as some encouraging comments here and there to keep you going strong during your streak.

#RunForGoodRelay

Saucony has a special promotion called Run For Good Relay which allows you to transfer those miles that you run (or walk) into charitable contributions. All that you need to do after completing your mile is snap a selfie and post it via Instagram, tagging 3 friends and including both #RunForGoodRelay and @Saucony.

https://www.saucony.com/en/runforgoodrelay/

Isaiah 40:31 says they will run and not grow weary.

Paul said that we, as believers, run differently. The world runs and competes for a prize only one could receive, but we run differently because we run for a crown. All of us can obtain that. Thus, Paul says encouragingly: So run that you may obtain it (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Faith Impact Training (F.I.T.) Ministry Minute No. 4 Run the Race of Faith

Isaiah 40:31 says they will run and not grow weary.

So how does that compare to other places where we are instructed to wait on the Lord? Why wait and then run and walk like here in Isaiah, but the Psalms are spewing with wait patiently on the Lord and repeated advice to wait on the Lord?  Even at one point, we are instructed to “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). What gives?

One notion is that our walk with God is no cookie cutter lifestyle. That’s not how the journey works for us. We all have a different encounter with God and we all have a different experience with God. John the Baptist experienced something similar to to what Philip experienced within Samaria and while with the Ethiopian eunuch. Yet, both men had entirely different experiences and encounters. It is personal.

Yeah, I get it. But. . .

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 40:31 (ESV)

In both cases, someone is waiting on the Lord with Isaiah and Psalms. In both cases, someone is expecting an encounter with God to enhance or enrich, even enliven, their experience with God.

Are you too eager for God to come along? Be still and know. . .

Are you losing your patience waiting on Him? Wait on the Lord and again I say wait. . .

Are feeling like you will never recover from this and get back on your feet? But those who wait on the Lord. . .

He gives each of us exactly what we need. He does it right when we need it and just how we needed it to come. He might send another message along with it, but you’ll get what you need out of it.

Isaiah 40:31 says they will run and not grow weary.

I believe it and I am going to keep on running with my renewed strength in the Lord.

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Problems with Patience

Have you really had struggles or trials with patience?

Think back and see what you really thought during such times.

Were you eagerly awaiting something, only to discover that you needed to exercise patience?

Patience can become a problem when you have taken the ready position without any means of going forward.  Some folks can this “the waiting game.” Others shout and pout or rant and rave.  Yet, patience is what is required. 

God expects us to await and remain aware.  Some of God’s work is unfolding things in His own way despite everything being in His hands and under His control.  He may just be watching us while we are waiting, seeing if we have the patience to persist.  But patience also has its “perfect work.”

You might not like it, but it is part of how God works.  You may want to quote some biblical eloquence about how God wants you blessed or why God has all things for all His children.  However, let me allow the Scriptures to speak to that as well.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:4

But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,
– 2 Cor. 6:4
knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.- James

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; -Col. 1:9-11

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

You’re getting nowhere with your plans.  Yes, God gave you the vision.  You have prayed and sought counsel on the matter.  You have even shared the vision with others. And, alas, nothing has transpired.  You have put forth a lot of effort and energy.  You have exhausted all of your resources and you still appear to be getting nowhere.

The problem may not exist with the action plan and the timeline.  It may not be related to the multimedia presentations of PowerPoint after PowerPoint and message after message. It may simply boil down to fundamental flaw.  There may be an issue of faith.

The Word shares that it is impossible to please God without faith.  Is God pleased? Are you remaining faithful? Is it still on your prayer list? Have you checked back in with God… and heard from Him?

We are to walk by faith.  That is how we are to approach all matters- in, by and with faith.  Yet, discouragement feeds into doubt, and then doubt leads us to becoming dispondent and we eventually start forgetting to hold on with faith.  Don’t let that become your story’s ending.  Remain faithful and stay patient.  There is an unspeakable joy awaiting those who wait upon the Lord.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.- Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

  • But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength: Waiting and trusting the Lord will find “new strength.” The lord can strengthen you for what it is to come.  Let your waiting lead to your preparation as the Lord strengthens you.
  • They will soar high on wings like eagles: Let God take you to new heights and expand your horizons.  Perhaps, if you think about it deeply, God wants you to do more than what you initially set out to do.  This may be another phase to what God wants you to do His name and among His people.  Go where He takes you and extend the limits of your imagination above the haters and critics.
  • They will run and not grow weary: Focus on staying the course and picking up the pace, not dropping out of the race.  God’s promise is that you “will run and not grow weary.” Weariness leads to becoming worn out and wiped out.  Keep going in faith.
  • They will walk and not faint: Walk in faith.  Do not get faint, especially faint-hearted.  Step out in faith, taking every step on the promises of God.  When you can’t run, walk.  Just keep progressing towards what God has for you.  Every step, even the smallest and the slightest step, gets you closer to the goal.

Whether it is a building campaign or launching a new ministry or business that can’t seem to get off the ground or pick up momentum, wait on the Lord in faith.  Trust Him today.  Try to recall times when he provided and protected.  Most of all, recall and reclaim His promises.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.- Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

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