“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
I collapsed into the wingback chair, my body exhausted from housework. I watched as my husband finished up the sweeping throughout the living room. I didn’t feel the same accomplishment I used to when I completed the housework. Since becoming pregnant, my body couldn’t do as much as it used to, and instead required more rest per hour than work.
On days like this, I wish I was eternally strong. I wish I never became weak or faint. But as humans, we will never know what it is like to run without tiring, to workout without sore muscles, to work at a desk all day and not have our minds turn to mush. Though we may resist and pump more caffeine into our veins, eventually our bodies will give out.
But God is eternal.
In contrast to our desperate need for rest, food, and water, God never needs any of that. He continues on in eternal strength, just as powerful as before. He does not grow tired. Even His understanding is limitless. Nothing can stop God.
Have you ever dwelt on such a truth? That God is eternal in all ways—power, reign, strength, understanding, and existence? This truth should not only brings us comfort, but confidence in our God to trust Him. He can never fail—it’s contrary to His nature.
God, You are eternal, everlasting, self-sufficient King and Creator. You never grow weary as I do, and You never need rest. You are eternal in all Your ways. You have always existed, and You always will. You are the Alpha and the Omega. God, forgive me for the times I turn to other things for strength in my suffering. Forgive me for looking to idols to bring me wholeness. Help me to remember to turn to You in my times of need and learn to depend on You.
When you are weak and worn out spiritually, where do you turn to? When you are emotionally broken, where do you look? Do you seek renewal in God or something else?
Knowing that God is eternal, He should be our source of strength in times of trials. How often do we look to things that perish to get us through the difficult times—coffee, friends, spouses, books, social media, alone time, TV, music—meanwhile the eternally strong and existent One can be reached in prayer?
Friend, in your weakness today, turn to God. Stop turning to that which will fade, and instead, turn to the One who is everlasting for the strength you need to get through.