Unlike robots, all human beings are likely to experience fatigue. Regardless of age, gender, or race, we can grow tired; we can become weak. No matter how healthy we can become or how strong we may be right now, at some point in our lives we will experience exhaustion and weakness. At any moment of our lives, our hearts may faint our spirits may wane; our health may fail or we may become sick if God allows it. This is because of our human nature. People are just born that way. No one is indefatigable. No one is invincible. No one is unshakable. In short, in this life, we live without a sense of absolute security.
A Universal Human Dilemma
The Prophet Isaiah understood this concept clearly when he penned these words,
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion. (Isaiah 40: 30, NLT).
In this verse, Isaiah takes our thoughts to a stark reality in life. He articulates that even youth or those blessed with strength and ability in their more mature years, will eventually get tired. Youth and strength will fail. This is a truth we all must accept. Though somehow, we often refuse to admit it. But the words faint, weary, and fall in this line all connote human frailties, mortal feebleness, humanity’s physical limitations. The writer further stresses that, whether we like it or not, our strength and vigor may fail at any time. No one can truthfully claim to exist at 100% strength all the time, be it physically or emotionally.
Solomon for example was known as the wisest king who ever lived. But, in the latter part of his life, he somehow detoured. He failed to seek God’s guidance despite the fact that God has granted Him special wisdom that he asked from Him. This failure of King Solomon brought downfall to His kingdom. He disappointed God and the Scriptures express, “The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who appeared to Him twice” (1 Kings 11: 9, NLT). King David, Solomon’s father and dubbed as a man after God’s own heart, also faltered. He failed to control his passions. He took Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and fell into a twofold sin—adultery and murder. Such is the nature of human frailty. His story is vividly recorded in 2 Samuel 11: 1-26. Moses, known as the meekest man on earth, also experienced failure. At one point in his life, due to tiredness and exhaustion from leading God’s hardheaded people, Moses failed to follow God’s orders too. Instead of speaking to the rock to bring water from it as God has instructed him to do, he struck it. Numbers 20:7-11 gives us a clear and detailed account of this event.
Hope and Restoration: God’s New Year Guarantee
Indeed, failures and feeblemindedness are blatant realities of life. However, let us not despair. There is good news for us. The same Prophet Isaiah who reveals to us the dark reality of human frailties unveils a secret worth discovering. Isaiah changes the scene with a spectacular concept in the next verse. He presents a striking mental image for us here worth considering and reflecting on. He awakens us from meditating on the feebleness and weakness of the human condition with this strong declaration,
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. (Isaiah 40:31, KJV).
This verse is full of assurance. The Hebrew word for wait is qāwâ, and it has the following meaning; look, patiently, tarry, on, to bind together. This tells us that if we connect ourselves to God and linger in His presence, God assures us of the following interesting life guarantee. First, He is going to renew our strength. The original Hebrew word for renew is ḥālap, and it means to pass on or away, pass through, pass by, go through, grow up, change, to go on from, to show newness. In short, when our strength decreases, He will supply it again. Second, He shall mount us up with wings as eagles. The original word in Hebrew is ʿālâ, and it means to go up, ascend, climb, to exalt. This gives us the idea that when we wait upon the Lord or linger in His presence, we have the assurance of soaring high to greater heights, wherever God wants to take us. In other words, it is God’s job to lift us up at His appointed time. Third, we shall not get tired when we run, and we will not faint when we walk. God has promised us already that He will supply us with new strength in the first part of this verse, thus in the last part of the verse, fainting is not an issue anymore.
Wow! What a comfort to commence a new year my dear friends. God’s promises are clear and sure. Hence, as you begin a new life in this brand new year, may you rest upon God’s wonderful promises. May you find hope upon the newness of His Holy Word. May you find peace, joy, and love in His presence as you face the year 2021, and the coming years with God’s new life guarantee.