Recently, I met a man who was at the end of his hope and he came to the church building looking for help. He was asking for a hand up, not a hand out. He needed hope in the worst way. He had hoped that there would be more work in his field of construction, but that was scarce. He had hoped that the relationship with his fiancé would be stronger but it was falling apart. He had hoped that he could provide for his daughters but times were tough. He was in distress and needed something to grab onto. So I recommended that he do what so many others, including myself, have done and that is, turn to the source of all hope. So we did. We prayed together and when he walked out he seemed to be encouraged.
Anyway, as I was waking up to Isaiah’s voice the only thought I had is that his words are true! My strength has been renewed. The word Isaiah that is translated “renew” literally means “to exchange” like changing into a new set of clothes.
Whatever you are hoping in as a source for your hope, peace, or joy can be exchanged for hope in the Lord. That promise is for anyone. Your weakness will give way to God’s strength.
“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.”
I know lots of people who need their strength renewed. Maybe you are one of them. I know quite a few people who have set out on a course only to discover that the plan didn’t quite happen the way they thought it would.
The prophet is speaking to you through time to remind you that you that, in the Lord have a never-ending source for hope. To hope in the Lord means to trust in or look expectantly to the Lord. When you hope in the Lord you will not be disappointed.
What would be wrong if you actively waited on the Lord to renew your strength?