Sailor-Man and I live within sight of a nest that houses a pair of bald eagles. A few days ago, I caught a close-up of the birds in flight. The sight of these feathered majesties rising on the wind reminded me of God’s promise to strengthen His people, and I breathed a prayer of gratitude: “Father, thank You that in the midst of weighty issues like war, inflation, disease, and family turmoil, You’ve given us the key to finding strength to soar.”
That key to finding strength to soar is freely accessible to all regardless of race, age, or gender, and it’s guaranteed to never fail. It works for every burden we bear and every situation that drains our energy whether emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical. We only need to accept it from the One who holds it.
Who is this One who holds the key to finding strength to soar?
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:28)
What qualifies Him as the keeper of the key?
Being the everlasting God and Creator of the ends of the earth ought to be enough credential, but there’s more: “He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)
What will we gain by using the key?
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29) Imagine! We come to Him depleted, with nothing to offer, and He replenishes us. We come faint, weary, and exhausted, and He renews us. (Isaiah 40:30)
So…in a nutshell…what’s this key to finding strength to soar?
I’m glad you asked. Here’s the answer: “…wait for the Lord…” (Isaiah 40:31) I did a study on this verse several years ago and discovered that the word “wait” in this context denotes being twisted together.
Picture a rope. Ropes are not made from single strands, right? They’re made from several strands twisted together. That’s what makes them strong. If the strands fray and fall apart, a rope will become weak and fragile.
Likewise, we find strength to rise above our worries and fears when we are twisted together with God.
A closely-knit relationship with God is the key to finding strength to soar. We develop it by reading His Word on a regular basis, patterning our lives after His precepts, and sharing our concerns and hopes with Him. We do these things not from religious duty to earn His favor but from utter dependence on Him and gratitude for what He’s done for us. As we press in to know Him and walk in His ways, He gives us wisdom to know how to best respond to the challenges we face. He strengthens us inwardly and gives us the ability to not only survive but thrive in the face of the weighty issues that surround us personally and globally. Beautiful.
The key to finding strength to soar is found in four little words: wait for the LORD.
“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)
Write this verse on a card and put it where you’ll see it often, my friend. Perhaps your nightstand would be a great place so you can see these words before you fall asleep and the moment you wake up. Wait on the LORD, and He will renew your strength.