Strength For the Weary

Isaiah 40:29: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

As I get older, I don’t have the strength I once had. Can you identify with me? I used to clean the entire house in an hour and a half. I would dust, vacuum, clean the bathrooms, and mop the floors. With a half hour more, I would get the laundry done too.

My strength seems to have diminished. Now I clean two rooms a day. By the time I finish cleaning the house, it’s time to start over.

A friend of mine is married to a retired military man. They recently moved from a large home in VA to an apartment in Florida. She feels overwhelmed with the boxes. I reminded her that she’s not as young as she used to be and moving is hard work.

And yet God says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Will we believe him? Will we continue to be weary and weak, or will we accept his strength and power?

God states the truth in verse 30, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.” One time at an amusement park, I asked my son if he was tired. He said he wasn’t. However, when we sat down to watch a show, he fell asleep. He didn’t wake up until the next morning when we were back home.

For strength and power, I will continue to hope in the Lord. He will help me get up day after day and keep going in this world.

Dear God, I feel weary and weak today. Amen.

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