STRENGTH IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Date: April 29
Category: Strength in God
"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."
When I was seventeen years old, I received a birthday card with these two verses written inside. These verses were always a source of inspiration for me. They are a wonderful encouragement for those who ever feel like giving up. We've all felt that way at one point or another. But these verses are a reminder that God will renew our strength when we wait upon Him. It says in verse 30 that even young people shall faint and become weary; even young men shall stumble and become exhausted. But notice what it says about those who wait upon the Lord. Verse 31 says, "But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power…" In other words, you will gain new strength in God when you wait upon Him.
These verses aren't in reference to physical strength. They refer to spiritual strength. It doesn't mean that you won't get tired through physical labor. It means you won't get tired in your inner spirit. Instead, you will change and renew your strength and power. It says in Proverbs 24:16a, "For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again…" He keeps rising because of the inner strength he has through his faith in God. Then it says in verse 31b, "..they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]." Think of a bold eagle. It is a very beautiful bird. It has big wings and flies high to the skies. It always looks so majestic. This Scripture is saying that we will be like the eagle, lifting our wings and mounting up close to God. In fact, that is where we gain strength. We gain it in the presence of God.
Then it says, "…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired." We will gain that kind of strength when we are in the presence of God. That's the most important kind of power that we need in this life. That is the presence of God. God is the One who gives us that strength. He is the One who gives us that energy. But we have to come into His presence in order to receive it.
When you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God implanted His Holy Spirit into your spirit. Because you have the Holy Spirit residing within you, you have the power of God. You don't have to keep asking God for power. He has already given it all to you. You just have to submit yourself into His presence. When you obey God and His Word, the presence of God is with you. You have all the power that you need. You won't have to be weary; you won't have to faint. You'll have the power of God renewing your strength continually.