Strength Training


As I have been reading through and studying the scriptures this week for the Cultivating a Heart of Prayer study, one passage really hit home with me – Isaiah 40:28-31.

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. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 is so much in this short passage, but I would like to focus on two aspects – strength and waiting.

Strength – I will admit that I have seen and read this passage several times, but after starting a new exercise program this week, “run and not grow weary” took on a whole new meaning. But you and I don’t need to be involved in a workout program to become tired and weary.

It seems like most people in the world today are tired. A good portion of this fatigue comes from simply being too busy and trying to do everything in our own strength. This passage tells us “even youths grow tired and weary”. Our human strength, even at is best, was not created to handle things on our own. We were created to turn to God for our source of strength and help. God’s strength and power never diminishes. He is never too tired or busy to listen to our cry for help and grant us the strength we need. Strength is a gift from God. He will give us the energy we need to do the things He has called us to do, but we must turn to Him and plug into His power.

However, this strength isn’t just given out to anyone and everyone like some magic genie granting our endless requests. There is a condition listed in the passage.

Wait/Hope – I love the word “wait” that is used in the Amplified Version in place of “hope” in verse 31. At least for me, the word “hope” is more of an idea than something concrete, unlike the word “wait”. I am very familiar with this word. Many days it seems like waiting is all I do – waiting for the dryer to finish, waiting for the kids to get home, waiting for the practice to end, waiting for dinner to cook, waiting, waiting, and waiting.

I love the definition of the kind of waiting referred to in verse 31, “confident expectation and active hope in the Lord – never passive resignation.” You and I must keep in mind that there is nothing passive about waiting on God. The only way we can have our strength renewed is to wait on God, but what does that look like.

Waiting on God is simply spending quality time with Him in prayer, worship and reading the Word. We come into His presence and rest. This quality time will do more to restore our minds and bodies than anything else we can do. This time of rest and rejuvenation will enable God to help us rise above the difficulties and distractions of life.

I cannot begin to wrap my mind around the ways of God, but I know that I can trust His promises. Therefore, if I put my trust in Him, if I wait and hope in Him, God will renew my strength and I will be able to do what He is calling me to do.

I encourage you to take some time this weekend and just rest in God. Spend some quality time with Him and let Him renew your strength.

I would love for you to share how you rest in God in the comment section today.

11 thoughts on “Strength Training

  1. Resting in Him each morning as soon as my hubby walks out the door. Prayer first, Bible study next. On those mornings I don’t get to – the day is not the same. I find myself waiting to get to a spot where I can. Like the two weeks I left the house every day when my hubby did to go to Mom’s to get things ready to sale, they were hard days when I needed it most and then I found I could not sleep so up I was in the Word trying to catch up, stay up with my group and God. Thanks for sharing your heart Jamie. Your posts are amazing!

  2. Beautiful post Jamy! Many times at the end of the day, I am worn out. So tired. Ready to call it a day at 5 PM. However, when the time for bed comes, many nights I am suddenly ‘strengthened’ and spend that quality time with The Lord that I have ‘searched’ for all day. Bless you!

  3. Jamy, thank you for sharing – I love and agree with what you have said about drawing strength from God through waiting. Funny, when I think of waiting I think of just sitting there doing nothing, but love how you say waiting is reading and meditating on God’s Word. Very powerful and so very true, because that is exactly where I draw my strength from but I just never thought of it that way. So, thank you because it so makes sense (yes, it takes a little longer for the light bulb to come on). I can be anxious, depressed, worried, etc and as soon as I truly sit down and just soak in God’s Word, or listen to worship music, read devotionals, I find so much peace and renewed energy.

  4. Thank you so much Jamy! I so love your writing. I love this verse that you shared with us. It is my favorite. I spend time with Him as much as possible but structured time starts the minute I open my eyes in the morning. This is a moment of prayer and praise, and rest. After this I now take my new ” NIV real-life Devotional Bible for Women”, of course by Proverbs 31 outside with me. I have a beautiful backyard full of His birds, trees, and so much more. It is my special place that He and I developed when I first started seeking Him. I love the devotional because it helps me stay focused and truly lifts me.

    I also have a new very cool thing that I do. Our wonderful OBS leader from FB 28, Kristy Aiken, sent us personalized scripture verses. I printed them on green paper, folded them up, and put them in my prayer box. Each morning I pick one out, like a grab bag, and choose to focus on that verse.

    I also love worship music and the minute I start listening my soul is lifted, like medicine from our Great Physician.

    Thanks for letting me share Jamy and for all you are and all you do!

    Love in Christ,


  5. Jamy, I loved how you defined waiting with verse 31. I feel like I have a much clearer picture of what waiting should look and be like. I need to work on this whole waiting thing for sure, as like you said, we are waiting all the time! Thank you for inspiring me to want to re-focus my waiting into “confident expectation and active hope in the Lord.” I am currently figuring out how to rest in the Lord. I’ve been working on remaining in Him for the last year, but not necessarily resting in him. I am becoming aware that there is a difference.

  6. Jamy, I loved how you equated the strength to a new exercise program! My son and I did a 5K this morning and I spent most of my time running praying–not to be done, but just relishing in the day! It was a beautiful day, a wonderful run along the river/lake we live near, I prayed for all that, for my OBS sisters, for other friends and family members . . .it didn’t necessarily make my run faster, but I felt so light-hearted I hardly noticed. Funny you should write on the same type of thing I was feeling today, God must be sending a message!

    Kris (OBS Small Group Leader)

  7. Isaiah 40:31 has always been one of my go to verses. I guess because I envision soaring high like an eagle freely gliding on the current and so being able to rest and gain strength to carry on. Hope for the present and for the future.The promise if I wait/ hope on God that there will be a peace in the situation something to expect to happen or change. A time of rest to be rejuvenated to move forward to what God wants me to do or see. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Jamy, Beautifully said — previous comment — hit enter too soon — it’s been one of those mornings. Waiting — love your explanation! I’ve learned a great deal of patience while waiting — lol ~Martha

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