Strength Comes with Waiting

Daily Devotional. with Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Read | Isaiah 40:28-31

The Greatness of God

    1“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
    2“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
         And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
         That her iniquity has been removed,
         That she has received of the LORD’S hand
         Double for all her sins.” 
    3A voice is calling,
         “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
         Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
    4“Let every valley be lifted up,
         And every mountain and hill be made low;
         And let the rough ground become a plain,
         And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
    5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
         And all flesh will see it together;
         For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
    6A voice says, “Call out.”
         Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
         All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
    7The grass withers, the flower fades,
         When the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
         Surely the people are grass.
    8The grass withers, the flower fades,
         But the word of our God stands forever.
    9Get yourself up on a high mountain,
         O Zion, bearer of good news,
         Lift up your voice mightily,
         O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
         Lift it up, do not fear
         Say to the cities of Judah,
         “Here is your God!”
    10Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might,
         With His arm ruling for Him
         Behold, His reward is with Him
         And His recompense before Him. 
    11Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
         In His arm He will gather the lambs
         And carry them in His bosom;
         He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
    12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
         And marked off the heavens by the span,
         And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
         And weighed the mountains in a balance
         And the hills in a pair of scales?
    13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
         Or as His counselor has informed Him?
    14With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
         And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
         And informed Him of the way of understanding?
    15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
         And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
         Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
    16Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,
         Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
    17All the nations are as nothing before Him,
         They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.
    18To whom then will you liken God?
         Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
    19As for the idol, a craftsman casts it,
         A goldsmith plates it with gold,
         And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
    20He who is too impoverished for such an offering
         Selects a tree that does not rot;
         He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
         To prepare an idol that will not totter. 
    21Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
         Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 
    22It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
         And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
         Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
         And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
    23He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
         Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
    24Scarcely have they been planted,
         Scarcely have they been sown,
         Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
         But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
         And the storm carries them away like stubble.
    25“To whom then will you liken Me
         That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. 
    26Lift up your eyes on high
         And see who has created these stars,
         The One who leads forth their host by number,
         He calls them all by name;
         Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
         Not one of them is missing.
    27Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
         “My way is hidden from the LORD,
         And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
    28Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
         Does not become weary or tired
         His understanding is inscrutable.
    29He gives strength to the weary,
         And to him who lacks might He increases power.
    30Though youths grow weary and tired,
         And vigorous young men stumble badly,
    31Yet those who wait for the LORD
         Will gain new strength;
         They will mount up with wings like eagles,
         They will run and not get tired,
         They will walk and not become weary.

Exhaustion is a by-product of overcommitted schedules and never-ending responsibilities. In an effort to accomplish all that is expected, we often try to move faster and cram in more by multitasking. But in the process, we end up emotionally and physically fatigued. The Lord offers a radically different mode of living and grants renewed strength and stamina.

Those who wait upon the Lord are promised His supernatural energy. In fact, Scripture says it will surpass the natural strength and endurance of the young. Access to this divine power is achieved not by moving faster but by going slower—stopping to take time to focus on the Father, seek His direction, and ask for His strength to accomplish what He is calling you to do.

Earlier in my life, I wore myself out by impatiently pushing ahead, trying to do ministry in my own way and time. Since then, I have learned that when I pause and humble myself, admitting that I have no strength without Him, the Lord sustains me with both emotional and spiritual energy. There is no human explanation for what God is willing and able to do in a yielded human body. His Holy Spirit is like the wind beneath our wings, enabling us to soar like eagles.

The next time you are at the point of exhaustion, take some time out to focus on the Lord. Are you walking in step with Him, or have you gone ahead on your own? Align your pace with His, and take the energy He freely offers to those who walk obediently in His will.


About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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