“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isa 40:31). A great contrast exists between the experience of the born-again soul and those who give a mere mental assent to a creed or confession! The creedal religionist’s faith begins and ends in their own head.
It begins in their own intelligence and illumination and ends in their own foolishness and darkness. It starts in their own ability and strength and ends in their infirmity and weakness. It’s root is in their goodness and respectability and ends in their condemnation and perdition. The creedal religionist never has a deep longing to walk closer to God. There are no inward wrestlings with His Spirit. There are no undertakings to act upon faith. They never feel their own spiritual bankruptcy. They are spiritually unaware of the deadness of their soul. They are satisfied that knowledge and physical adherence to their creeds will suffice them in the day of judgment.
The Weary Soul Renewed
The experience of the soul made alive by Christ is quite different. Those who have been born from above have been awakened to their need of Christ and His Spirit every moment. They see their frailties, shortcomings, and inabilities. They’re often weak and weary. They’re frequently drained by difficulties. They’re broken under their burdens and their souls are strained under their sorrows.
Nonetheless, when the Almighty does reveal Himself to that weary child, their strength is renewed. And when it is, they transcend the noise of battle strife to the heights where the presence of God is. In that rarefied air, their shortcomings and inabilities are eclipsed by His grace. Those who have been ransomed by the blood of Christ can never be satisfied by anything less than communion with God. All else is vanity and show. It is pointless, hollow and empty.
The true child of God longs for His presence, desires to sense his love and gain a glimpse of His glory. To those who often find themselves languishing in their weakness, the Lord graciously promises, “They shall renew their strength“. The child of God will not always be confined to their groanings. They won’t always be imprisoned by their inabilities or bound by the shackles of the world. God will renew their strength, and when He does “they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.“