Weekly Word from the Desk of The Rev
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.~Isaiah 40:28-31
Mount up! Your Help is on the Way!
Many of us today are living our lives for the most part in a hurry. Most people feel as if there’s not enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. Some people are well organized and appear to have it all together, and others just take things as they come. Or as I like to say, “they just wing it.”
Even when we go through problems in life, some people can handle their problems without being overtaken, and others will just fall apart. The issue with this is that the majority of people get so overwhelmed by the drama everyday life throws, they wear themselves out.
Whether it’s physically or mentally, we get tired of life’s everyday battles. When you look at the word “battle” -webster defines it as a conflict or struggle, or a participant in a hostile encounter. In other words, it’s a fight. Anyone who has ever been in a fight knows if you workout, think you’re strong, and can handle your issues all alone, you’re going to get tired. You’re going to get worn down and you might even get beat up!
Yes, sometimes you may have to endure some blows that will put you down. You may get some scars that can leave behind some unwanted residue. You might even get to the point where you think the enemy is going to take you out. It makes you wonder to yourself, “why is it when I take one step forward something always happens to pull me back two or three steps?” Because as is, all you know is you’re tired of “stuff” and you’re tired of fighting the enemy. The good news is, the word of God reminds us over in the book of Isaiah :
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.
If we look at the life of Isaiah, we will learn that he was called the Greatest of the Old Testament prophets and he served the Lord during some very troubling times. Isaiah’s original call to service is not recorded, but in chapter six we can find his vision and commission. Isaiah’s vision gives us all hope that even though this world is full of trouble, we still have an opportunity to see God if we respond to his call. Isaiah was gifted and called by God as the first and chief of Israel’s prophets and poets. No other Old Testament writer uses as many beautiful illustrations and metaphors as Isaiah. When Isaiah put together a story, you would have a clear and wonderful picture of what he was trying to say to us. It is Isaiah who gives us the earliest recorded vision of worldwide peace.
I will add a bit more Bible Trivia here to make note of, which is: The book of Isaiah is known as a miniature Bible for its sixty-six chapters, and the Lord’s Prayer is noted not only for its heartfelt and well-known inspiration, but for containing sixty-six words.
Like Noah, Isaiah was also a preacher of righteousness and many of his predictions regarding ancient nations have been fulfilled. Isaiah recognized that he was a sinner and that he had to confess his unworthiness for him to stand before God. In other words, he knew that only God has the power to save us. Only God has the power to heal us even when it seems as if there’s no hope. Isaiah knew that God would be there for us. Isaiah volunteered, and based on the fact that the people were engaged in a whole lot of evil deeds - sin was rampant throughout the land - Isaiah knew that as born-again believers, we would get tired and want to quit. He knew we would get weary in well doing. He knew that there will be times in our lives when God would seem far away from us. Yet, he also wanted us to know about the forgiving and saving grace of God.
Because even when we become weak and want to quit, knowing that God never sleeps nor slumbers will help us make it through. Isaiah encourages us that when we get weary, not to forget about the power of God to deliver us and forgive us of our sins. Isaiah knew that we can stand on the promises of God and have victory when we’re going through our problems. He must have known that the joy of the Lord will be our strength. Isaiah knew that if we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land. Let’s not be weary in well doing, because we will reap if we faint not. When we look at the word “weary” - it means to be worn down and out of strength.
If you know the same God I know, then you know He will never lose his power. God has never had a blackout like the power company sometimes does. God doesn’t cut back on his power grid because you failed to pay your fair share. If you know the same God I know, you can sit back and relax because He is always available to the weak and the weary. God is always up to the occasion and he is never tired or without a plan for our lives. When we get to the end of our strength, God is there. When we think there’s no hope, God is there. When we feel like our world is spinning out of control, God is there
Isaiah also tells us that there is no searching of his understanding… which means when we get weary, God knows it. God knows we get tired and we want to quit sometimes. But we must never forget that when Jesus went to the cross and got up on the third day, he got up with all Power in his hands. I’m not talking about any old power. I’m talking about the kind of power that can fix a broken heart. I’m talking about the kind of power that can change a financial situation. I’m talking about the kind of power that can put a life back together. God can fix our mess so that we can be blessed! God will give us double for our trouble. God can turn our worry into worship and our fear into favor. God can change our circumstances without changing our condition. Who wouldn’t serve a God like that?
The Apostle Paul tells us over in the book of Philippians, I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! All you have to do is believe that God can do anything but fail! Never forget that He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed. We are over-comers. We should know by now without a shadow of a doubt it is a fixed fight and we don’t have to worry because when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Yet, our humanity tricks us and creates cycles of mental blocks. The affect of the blockages causes us to forget that the devil (who seeks to devour us) is taking shots at us, and while we are taking blows from everywhere, we take our minds off the fact that the word says, “If I’m for you… I’m more than the whole world against you.” We forget that the earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. We forget that He who dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in him will I trust.
Every once in a while you might want to remind yourself that he giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Don’t be discouraged, because the Bible says, even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.
It’s good to know that if I wait on the Lord, He shall renew my strength. The word didn’t say maybe and it didn’t say He might. The word said that He Shall renew my strength. I don’t know about you, but this is not the time to give up. (Vote.) I don’t know about you, but this is not the time to throw in the towel. (Vote.) I don’t know about you, but this is not the time to have a pity party. (Vote.) Because not only will He renew our strength, the word says, “we shall mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”
Finally, when we look at the word “mount”, it means to increase intensity; to get up; to prepare, or to set in place. My friends, are you ready to Mount Up? Are you ready to Mount up - to get your deliverance? Are you ready to Mount up - and get your Healing? Are you ready to Mount up - and take back your family? Are you ready to Mount up - and get your breakthrough? Don’t wait until it’s too late. You must understand that every day is not filled with trouble. And, every day is not full of sunshine either. There will be some good days and some bad days. Understand some days are for flying; some days are made for running; and some days are made for walking.
While you’re flying, you need to ask God to give you the strength to fly above your issues. Ask God to help you be able to stay above the storms of life so that you can soar to higher heights. While you are flying, you need to ask God to lead you and guide you along the way because if the Lord leads, we cannot stray. Ask God to help you become more than just a conqueror. Fly, so you can be free because whom the son sets free is free indeed. On those days that you can’t fly, ask God to help you run into your destiny. Ask God to help you run the race that is set before you. Ask God to give you the strength to run on and see what the ends going to be. Never forget that walking days are important too because when you start walking you can walk through your pain; you can walk through your disappointments; you can walk through your addictions; and more importantly, you will learn how to walk by Faith - not by sight.
So, mount up and take back what the devil stole from you. Mount up knowing that God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask or think.
Reverend D.A. Whitney is the founder of Blessed 4 Life Ministries (B4LM), host of “Let’s Be Blunt With The Rev” and co-host of “Chatting With The Whitney’s” on Impact Radio USA @ https://pod.co/blessed-4-life-ministries he is the author of several books including “Overcoming Principalities”. The Rev can be contacted at www.blessed4lifeministries.com or at email@example.com