When We Trust

Isaiah 40:25-31
25 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. 27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

What beautiful imagery! God calls for the stars like calling forth an army, row after row, cluster after cluster until they completely fill the sky. And he calls them each by name - he knows them. Because of his great power and strength not one of them is missing, none are lost in the vast expanse of space. He summons them all and their presence in our sky is a testimony to his greatness! While in California for a summer I went white water rafting in the mountains. Cocooned in sleeping bags we slept in the open. The sky was illuminated with more stars than I have ever seen in my life. Maybe you’ve seen the Northern Lights or other wondrous display in a starry night sky. Beautiful and truly awesome to experience. Almost impossible to describe.

He never grows weak or weary. He is tireless. To say that he understands is one of the greatest understatements ever made. God understands both the world he created and the ones he created in his image. And, don’t miss this, he gives his limitless power away to the weak and powerless. We will grow weak and tired. We will experience exhaustion. He does not, but he does understand.

And so, we trust in the Lord, the one who knows every star by name, (as well as each of our names!) the one whose understanding we can’t fathom, the one who gives power and strength. We trust in him.
When we trust him we will find new strength
When we trust him we will soar high like eagles
When we trust him we can run and not grow weary
When we trust him we will walk and not faint.

Take a moment to declare your trust in God today. Offer to him the ways you feel weak, tired or even exhausted. Receive is strength today.

Go for a walk, ask God to remind you of his presence. Call a friend and remind them that they are not alone.

Pastor Linda Waldo, Spiritual Formation Pastor