They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength … they shall walk and not faint — Isaiah 40:31.
Walking on a treadmill is a peculiar thing. You walk and walk and walk, but get nowhere. Raise the level of incline, and still your destination will continue to elude you. No matter how fast you run, you’re stuck in the same spot, huffing and puffing.
In many ways, worrying is like walking on a treadmill: it gives you something to do, but it will not get you anywhere. You can worry and worry and worry, but it gets you nowhere. You can ratchet up your level of anxiety to the max, yet at day’s end, a resolution to your problem will continue to elude you. You can concoct any number of plans and schemes, yet you remain stuck in the same spot, sweating it out. Like walking on a treadmill for hours, worry takes you nowhere; worry simply makes you weary.
As we have seen this week, relying on our own wisdom as we confront life’s challenges is a path that leads only to worry and weariness. Relying only on your own abilities and constantly devising way to fix your own problems will only deplete your joy and sap your strength. Relying from worry and take you to a place of strength.
As he did with Joshua, god has invited you to turn to him and wait upon him in uncertain times. And like joshua, you can trust his promise to renew your strength, to lift you up as on eagles’ wings. These ancient words, spoken by the Lord through his prophet Isaiah, are an open invitation to you today:
They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength .. they shall walk and not faint — Isaiah 40:31.
Walking with God is exactly opposite of walking on a treadmill. Your walk with Christ is not meaningless drudgery; your walk with Christ takes you further and deeper into an awareness of his love and power.
Walking with Christ removes all need for worry; your Savior has promised never to fail you to forsake you. Walking with Christ never depletes your energy: it recharges your batteries. It gives new strength. Walking with Christ removes even the fear of death itself. In Jesus’ cross and empty tomb, death has been swallowed up by victory.
From the book “Man of God walking by faith”