Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Walk, Run, Soar

“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 NIV)

“I am so ready for this semester to be over!”  “I have so much to do in the next two weeks!”  “I’m so stressed!”   These comments and others I have heard recently as our campus approaches the end of the semester and final exams.  The student populace is generally stressed and worn out.  

But for the Christian there is hope.  We serve a God who does not grow weary and who gladly gives away His limitless strength to any who ask for it.  We do not need to be like all those around us who are dead tired and stressed to the max.  Our Lord offers us a different path, if we will only take it.

And that is the challenge.  It is much easier to go with the crowd. Everyone at work complains about his or her jobs, so it is easy for us to join in and complain.  And when a whole campus is stressed and anxious, it is very easy to get caught up in that.  Yet, I think as followers of such a powerful God, we are called to something higher than what is common and predictable.  

We have a God who has promised us an abundant life (John 10:10), not a life that is common to all humanity.  And He wants us to experience it, but that is dependent on how much we are willing to rely on Him and trust Him.  If we truly trust Him, He can lead us away from a life full of complaining, anxiety, and stress.  

Life is indeed difficult and challenging, but it need not always wear us down and stress us out.  The Lord is there from which we can drink deeply of His strength and endurance.  

Today, do just that.  Let Him renew you and lift you up so that you can walk, run and soar no matter what you face.  

© Jim Musser 2012

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