Renewed strength and hope

12 03 2012

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Why do I want strength? Why do I desire a new hope? I know Jesus was not sent to this Earth to give me the things I want. But even as I meditate on this verse, my sinful nature tells me that God will renew my strength so that I can wholeheartedly pursue the things I WANT. But is this true? NO!

God wants to renew my strength, He wants me to soar, to be free in Him, to live a life of love, not of worry. He wants me to be unburdened, to completely surrender to the hope that He is Lord and everything is under His ultimate control and authority. But what if I want never materializes? What is the things that are burdening me and pressing down, causing so much worry and weight never change? Will I always be burdened by the things I want, those things that the world tells me I deserve? I cannot.

I know what it is like to be free in Christ, to be so genuinely joyful, even in the midst of difficultly that is so sharp. But the only way to find that freedom, that renewed hope and strength in the face of challenges is to surrender completely to the Lord. Without agenda, without even holding a small corner back. He leads my life. I cannot lead Him. And when I try, this is when the problems seem too great to bear, and he seems too small to handle them.

In all hard times there are lessons to be learned. God has a purpose and plan. He will redeem all the evil in this world with His love and salvation. And I surrender all, because His way is greater. What Lord do you want me to learn today? I am desperate for you.

In His love,




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