Have you ever felt that God was nowhere to be found? Your circumstances did not change and heaven’s supply store seemed closed for business regardless of your laborious prayer efforts. One of life’s hurricanes rocked your world and the needed supplies were not for sale, or you needed God to arbitrate on your behalf for a pressing decision and heaven’s court was not open. All you heard were crickets.
Israel had a similar complaint in B.C. 538. The Babylonians had enslaved and held them captive for 70 years. The oppression had ended and God was seemingly quiet. He was not rendering a judgment on their behalf or making a way for their return to their homeland when they needed Him the most. The only thing left to do was complain to God about His silence and inactivity.
God responded to their complaint: “Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” (Isaiah 40:27 KJV).
My way is hid from the Lord. This complaint meant that God was looking at everybody else, but had lost track of them. He did not care and was ignoring their desperate pleas for help. Everyone else was being blessed while they were struggling in desperate times using desperate measures.
My judgment is passed over from my God. This sad refrain indicated that God was not rendering any kind of decision on their prayer requests. Not only was heaven closed, but its royal court was no longer in session. At least that was the way it felt for Israel.
God responds to the complaint: “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” (Isaiah 40:28).
He tells them that He does not get tired or passes out. He is not resting and is always on the job. Heaven’s store is always open and its court is always in session to render judgment. God does not come and go. God lasts!
However, His way of doing things is not like ours. We can never interpret God’s silence as Him not paying attention, or Him not moving in our timetable as not answering our prayers.
His understanding is unsearchable. Knowledge is what to do. Wisdom is the application of knowledge or how to do something. Understanding is why it needs to be done. We can never understand why God does the things He does. Only He can understand why He does what He does. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours, so we will never get the full understanding of why things happen. We will understand things better in the “sweet by and by” as we look in retrospect over our lives. We cannot get frustrated in the interim as our prayers will be answered and the blessings will come.
Waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy (Romans 8:24-25 Message).
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might (weary) he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:” (Isaiah 40:29-30 KJV).
Physical strength is quickly exhausted. Prize athletes in their prime can sustain speed, strength and agility for just a few minutes, at best. Olympian Gold medal sprinter UsainBolt runs 100 yards in under 10 seconds, for example. His speed significantly decreases after those precious seconds are expired. The Alabama Crimson Tide lost the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff Championship because its defense was worn out by the Clemson offense after three quarters of play. An army can advance approximately 200 miles before its resources and soldiers are stretched to the breaking point and need replenishing. We, too, can exert ourselves for only so long physically and emotionally before we get weary and collapse.
Isaiah gives us some hopeful insight into the renewal of our strength. We wait on God. “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 40:31).
We can continually renew our own strength without fainting, frustration or exhaustion to the breaking point. We experience something in the spiritual realm from the Lord similarly to what runners call a “runner’s high”. God supplies a fresh round of strength so that we fly, run or walk. There are times when things are happening expeditiously and we need to fly. Sometimes we need to run to keep up. And then there are those times when we must keep putting one foot in front of the other. God can give us strength and grace to stay in the game and not faint whatever the speed of life’s circumstances.
One way to wait on God is to spend the first few moments of our day in prayer and meditation in His Word. He will infuse us with necessary faith and strength to fly, run or walk. Whatever means of propulsion that is necessary for the day can be infused within us in these precious few moments.
Be sure to look again carefully at the words “faint and weary”. Notice the play upon word in these Scriptures and allow the Lord to speak further to your heart. Be encouraged and stay in the fight!