by Stephen F. Olford
Text: "But those who wait on the lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Is. 40:31; read vv. 27-31).
Thoughts: Down through the centuries man has tended to shift the center of trust from the Almighty to himself, and the result has been weariness and weakness in every area of life. So we are invited to consider:
1. The Peril of Expended Strength. "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength" (v. 29). It is usually after the expenditure of our strength that the devil scores his greatest victory. This may come about through the pressures of daily life and service, through battling the "powers of the world , " or moral breakdown.
2. The Principle of Exchanged Strength. "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength" (v. 31). The principle of the exchanged life is based upon that little word "wait"-waiting upon God in prayer and patience. Do you have a regular devotional period each day? Do you pray with an expectant spirit, believing that God will meet your need with His divine strength? Remember, "those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength."
3. The Purpose of Employed Strength. "They shall mount up with wings like eagles" (v. 31). Having given us strength, God wants to employ it for the three daily demands of the Christian life. We are to fly high in Christian experience; we are to run fast in Christian obedience, and we are to walk hard in Christian reliance. Only then can we live and serve for God's glory. This, then, is the secret of strength.
Thrust: "Give me strength dear Lord, I pray, Strength to "fly, to run, to walk;" Living, serving, day by day, In my work and in my talk."