Gaining Strength vs. Losing Strength
I think we’re all familiar with losing strength. That feeling of being drained or reaching places of depletion. Some describe it as “running on E” . . . for empty. I’ve felt this way far too many times in my life, and I’ll bet you know exactly what I’m talking about from having experienced it in your life, too. Maybe you even feel like this right now – like you’re in a season of physical, emotional, or spiritual weakness.
But there’s a promised way to gain strength, to have your strength renewed. I was reflecting over and over on Isaiah 40:31 where God assures us, “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.” God teaches us the way to renewed strength is in waiting upon Him.
There’s a direct correlation between finding new strength and trusting in, hoping in, and waiting upon the Lord. If you want to feel and be stronger, exercise more trust in God. Don’t push through with your own way, your own desires, impulsiveness, schedule, and agenda. You will always lose strength that way. When I reject waiting upon the Lord, my trust is in ME and the effect is I feel weakened; that my strength is being sapped, depleted. I am losing strength by putting trust in myself because then the outcomes are all up to me. But waiting upon the Lord (unnatural and unfamiliar as it may be) is promised by God to renew your strength.
In what areas do you need to shift trust off yourself, your perspective, your control so that you can receive the deeper inner strength of God? God wants to renew your strength so you can walk, run, and fly with Him. Wait upon Him, put all your trust in Him, and you will find new strength over and over again.
Yours in Jesus,