“Isolation, but not from God”
“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. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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.”
– Isaiah 40:28-31
I just shared my favorite scripture passage! While there have been many such passages the good Lord has used to bless, comfort, and strengthen my life, this passage from Isaiah has given me comfort numerous times throughout my life. During a particularly trying and soul searching situation, the good Lord gave me those words from verse 31, “They shall mount up with wings like eagles” and I hung on to that promise for several years, and guess what, I did!
God used Isaiah to bring encouragement to His children in Judah. Sadly, like so many in our day, Judah had become indifferent to God’s leadership. Isaiah’s mission was not only to admonish the people of his day to keep on the right path; but also to instill a passionate faith in God, who would sustain them as they faced the possibility of being invaded by the powerful Assyrian Empire.
Who would have thought this time last year, the entire world would be fearfully struggling with a common disease called Coronavirus. This has resulted in strange things happening; social distancing, ordering groceries online, curbside pickup, bumping arms, wearing protective masks, watching worship services online, etc.
While some of these new activities have challenged my comfort zone, I have appreciated some of the unexpected consequences of being isolated from my normal daily activities. I have had a wonderful time in meditation, and watching the birds and squirrels feeding, fluttering and scurrying about. Isolation has also given me much appreciated quiet time with the Lord; in prayer and in His Word.
Once again, God returned my mind to Isaiah 40, where He reminded me that He is much bigger than the world He created, or any situation I might be facing. His precious Word promises if we look to Him, He will renew our strength, and on wings of faith, He will lift us up above any of life’s difficulties. As I mentioned earlier, years ago, I found this passage to be so true. I look forward to seeing this Coronarvirus threat fade away, too.
Pray: Dear Lord, source of all blessings, I prayerfully ask you to renew my strength, my soul, and my mind that I might better serve and glorify you. Grant me the strength to walk in this world that is now foreign to me. Keep me focused on you, as I approach this new day. I know I cannot succeed alone; I trust, dear Lord, you will be at my side. Amen.
Retired Pastor and Oasis SS Teacher
First Baptist Broken Arrow