Our reading for this Thursday, January 31, 2019 is Isa 40:27-31
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? 28 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. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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. NIV
There are two times when we might cry out from our inner soul, “god does not know or care!” The first is from an effort to justify the wrong we wish to do. When we can act on evil intention and apparently get away with it with repetition we begin to feel and believe that God does not know about our wrongdoing and we can get away with it unscathed by any accountability. In this thought we also begin to believe we can “play” God while hiding our deep and true thoughts from his scrutiny.
The fact is we can never hide our evil nor cloak our evil intentions in religion. The psalmist reveals in Psalm 139 that no matter where we might be God is there and will find us out. It is even that God pursues us and will not let us be; he “hems us in, behind and before.” Therefore the psalmist declares, “Where can I go from your Spirit?” The answer is nowhere.
The second condition where we might consider ourselves unknown by God is when circumstance of trial wears us down and we do not believe, though we have prayed so persistently and fervently, that God knows our concern or cares. Though we may all feel this way at times and question the presence and help of God’s Holy Spirit what we believe at a given moment may not be indicative of our true understanding and faith. We all have lapses yet the heart truly touched by God will continue in perseverance the pursuit of God in their life.
The Prophet reminds us of the identity of God and we would do well to frequently remind ourselves of these facts the prophet underscores: “the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth . . . of his power to understand all things no one can fathom.” Both God’s awareness of us and his response to our circumstance no person can completely comprehend. While much can be known still much more shall always remain a mystery to us. It is the quality of true faith that accepts these natural limits to our understanding and power.
I highlight the limits to our power or capability because we will always end up in short supply. Life will confound us and only the Creator of all life, of yours and mine, can grant us the power to rise above those times when temptation of challenge leave us drained. Only he can give strength to the weary and increase power to the weak. Have you known that state of being worn out, of weakness when you had nothing left but to cry out to God? I have.
The good news is that those who persist in their belief and hope in Christ will the Lord strengthen from his storehouse of unlimited power. He will cause those who rely upon him fully to “mount up with wings as eagles; the run the race of life and not grow weary, to walk the walk of faith and never stumble.” We have limits but we have access to a limitless God who by his grace is willing to give us all things we need to overcome in this life until he leads us into the life he has prepared for all those who will overcome by faith.
It is a fact that even young folks can become exhausted and people in the prime of capability will stumble. Even the most educated and gifted shall know limits and when pushed to them will not find hope within them. Only those who stay close to God, who daily attend to an intimacy with their Creator and Lord, will confirm the promise of this passage from Isaiah. Get close, stay close and hang onto hope for God shall not disappoint and you will experience the ride of your life . . . on wings as eagles.