They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength– Isaiah 40:31
Experienced athletes know the feeling all too well. Marathon runners experience it at about the twenty-mile mark. Cyclists meet it while riding hard into a headwind. Mountain climbers encounter it about two-thirds of the way into a long ascent to the summit. The feeling is the same:you feel as though you have run full-speed right into a wall.
“Hitting the wall” hurts. The simplest tasks become arduous, sustained focus in impossible, and defeat seems imminent.
Athletes aren’t the only ones who know how it feels. As we have seen this week, Moses could readily testify to the pain and discouragement of hitting life’s walls. Simply waking up in the morning becomes a chore, and work morphs into a soul-sucking experience.
We begin to wonder whether or not we can go on. Can I be the leader that my family deserves? Can I be the provider I want to be? Can I fulfill my responsibilities at church and in my community? How is that going to happen?
Do you know what it’s like to “hit the wall”? Maybe you are staring at that wall right now! If so, take comfort knowing you are not alone. Like you, like Moses, generations of God’s people have run up against walls of all kinds.
How thankful we can be that God speaks his Word of promise and restoration into our lives in times like that:
Your Lord promises you renewed strength. He provides that new strength each new day. In fact, he himself is that strength! When we are weak, when we recognize our needs and our failures, then he is strong:
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong — 2 Corinthians 12:10.
On the cross, in his time of greatest bodily weakness, Jesus proved himself stronger than our sin. What could be weaker than a man condemned to die? But through his death, Christ destroyed the power of both death and the devil.
Whenever you hit the wall of defeat, you can turn to the strong One who has overcome all evil. You can turn to Jesus.