“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.” – Isaiah 40:29
We spend our entire lives searching for might. We build muscle and wealth. Our influence builds on networking and showing effort and displaying skill. All in an attempt to be strong.
Pursuing might is part of the human condition. But so is weariness. When we run out of gas, our strength is gone. Or is it?
In a fascinating twist, this verse gives us an unexpected source of power. God provides power when our might is gone. It is when our ability to strive without depending on God is completely diminished that we are able to tap an inexhaustible power source.
Our world has a skewed definition of what it means to be strong. We think of it as control. We view might as a treasure we can put in a vault.
Our greatest strength comes from an open dependence on God. There are three things we control; one of those is who we trust, or who we depend upon. When we depend on self, our might is limited. But when we come to the end of self, we enter a new horizon of unlimited might.
Our faithfulness shines through our decisions. Whether our circumstances are favorable, building superficial strength, or terrible, wearing our spirit, the ability to choose is never taken from us completely, And in this, the Lord provides power. He gives us the strength.