Read: Isaiah 40:12-18, 25-31

Even the youths shall faint and be weary . . . But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength . . . (v. 31 KJV)

There are echoes of Job 38 here, with words that put us in our place, asking which one of us was God’s teacher or counselor. The majesty and magnificence of God is suggested in vivid language: he measures out the oceans in the hollow of his hand and lays out the heavens between his thumb and pinky finger!

But unlike Job 38, Isaiah brings more comfort and consolation than confrontation. Isaiah is speaking to a broken nation that is in exile, telling them that even when things look darkest God never loses track of them. There is no hole so deep, no place so dark, that the love of God cannot shine in it. Neither Isaiah nor Job says we will not suffer; both say God doesn’t abandon us when we suffer.

The final verses of this passage are favorites of mine, and they mean even more as I grow older. Who has the energy and stamina of our youth? But there is an irrelevance to that because our hope is in God, who promises we will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint! These are words to build our faith on. Whatever the circumstance, God is there, not abandoning us but actually bringing renewal. He is in it with us. The Creator loves his creation. —Jeff Munroe

As you pray, recognize your need for God’s help, and ask him to give vitality to your steps.