Hope

The writer of Proverbs proclaims, “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12).  The growing discouragement now experienced by many is magnified by “deferred hope”.  Weeks turn into months as civic leaders continue debating over the assurance of safety verses preservation of the economy.  Running commentaries flood the airwaves, by politically bias media Messiahs touting accusations launched against opposing parties. Both sides attempt to push an agenda.  Neither provide much hope.  Many are growing weary, fatigued by fear, and running low on hope. 

Isa 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah writes a word desperately needed.  In this time of waiting, the longer the wait the more stamina wanes.  As hope diminishes anxiety increases.  Even established believers find themselves worn out, faith thinning, and confidence at an anemic level.  Isiah’s words are intended to remind the weary of the attributes of God.  The everlasting creator never tires and with patient understanding inspires hope.  

In troubling times, we often demand answers from the powers that be.  The provision of hope is expected.  Often forgotten is dependence on the only one who is actually able to secure a future and a hope.  Isaiah reminds us to reset our gaze from those who offer empty words to the one whose word stands strong regardless of the winds of opposition.  

As hope is rightly placed on the Lord strength is renewed.  New heights are achieved.  The view of the eagle provides a fresh look.  Weariness is conquered and the race can be run with a new confidence.  I pray that your hope remains in the Lord, your strength is renewed, and your vision is revived.  Remember the everlasting God created you for an eternal future.  He has for you “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11).