Sometime I feel like I am emotionally/spiritually bipolar. One day I am super motivated and roaring to go, but the next day I am overwhelmed and discouraged. I can be full of energy in the morning and by lunch time I am defeated and ready to throw in the towel. Sometimes I can go from high to low in, what feels like, minutes.
I am tossed “to and fro” because the truth of Isaiah 40:31 has not yet reached my heart (I’m a very slow learner).
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Running with power Paul tells us that we are running a race, but he doesn’t say it’s a sprint. I really need to remember this. It is not a sprint. It is a race that includes moments of running and moments of walking, there may even come a time where I am only able to crawl, but the race continues.
For every step I take God is there to provide the power. For every task that God has given me, for every time I am called to live out the fruit of the spirit, and for every fight I wage against sin, God is there to provide more than enough energy to carry out that job. The challenge is relying on the strength that God offers and generously gives and not on my pathetic efforts.
Sometime running will be done with vigor, excitement and passion. Other times I am like the snail. “[Some will] creep towards Heaven as the snails crept into the Ark, and yet being chosen of God in Christ Jesus, they are safe.” Spurgeon
How can I fail if I am united to the All Powerful One?
Why am I so quick to rely on my own strength that I KNOW will fade out quicker than I can say chocolate. God offers strength that is never ending, always at the ready and procured for me through resurrection power of Jesus. It is infinitely valuable and 100% effective.
Walking with strength
A number of years ago Joe and I went on a hike with some friends who were in really good shape. Half way through our track over what we considered a mountain I was ready to puke. I just wanted to lay down in the middle of the dirt road and never get up again. Sadly Christians can feel this way during their race. I have felt this way.
There will be time when I have to walk through valleys or climb over mountains. I will slip in muddy places and trip over stones and debris but God promises that with his presence and his strength I do not have to lose heart or hope. His power will propel me forward, sometimes slow and steady, but he will keep me from turning back, fainting, or laying down in the middle of the road and giving up.
So the next time I feel myself drooping and ready to faint in my walk I need to remember that there is a continual supply of grace and strength to those who want to follow the Lord. When I lean on God he places me on his wings which carries me higher than the clouds, above the thunder and lightning to a place that is calm and peaceful.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.