Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 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 40:29-31

Graham and I have just returned from a rather exhausting weekend of looking after my elderly mum and attending the Welsh conference all at the same time. On the whole it worked out well but we have returned home very tired.

I received this verse before I went to the conference not knowing what was ahead. It was one of my sermons! I find it remarkable how God knows in advance what we need and often prepares us giving us the perfect word for the right time.

I love this part in particular 'those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.' I believe this to be totally true. This is when we prove that man does not live by bread alone but by the word of God. He is able to supply every need. We are able to press through into God and find a strength that is beyond our own human energies. A strength that is divine, altogether supernatural.

God allows us to pass through these trying times to teach us to lean on Him. When we truly lean on Him, His energies pass into us strengthening and giving us new insight and wisdom in situations.

That's when the second part of this verse is fulfilled.
'They will soar high on wings like eagles.'
It is humanly impossible for us to rise and soar when we are exhausted unless we find our way through into His power. There must come a deep dependency on God that causes, our spirits to soar, and our physical bodies benefit from an inner strength that is given to us.

And so let us learn when you face your difficulties and I mine, let us press in to that place where:
'We will run and not grow weary. We will walk and not faint.'

Have a blessed week.