Our friend, the prophet Isaiah, says, “Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on [trust in] the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31.
And our other friend, Paul the apostle, says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
I call these verses the “Old People’s Comfort” I guess because I’m getting old. I’m tired. I’m weak. Lots of days it takes longer and longer for all my body parts to wake up and overcome the creaking bones and joints, the pains in new places. Nowadays, when I look in the mirror, I’m less and less surprised at the blemishes and bumps on my face and arms. And if I work real hard outside on Saturday, by Monday morning I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes.
But like it says in verse 2, “On the outside I may be wasting away, but on the inside I’m being renewed day by day,” because God is there. And like it says in verse 1, even though the young guys run circles around me, even they “shall faint and be weary”, and us old guys and girls will “renew our strength”, we’ll “fly with the eagles”, we’ll “run and not get tired.”
Why is that? It’s because we’ve got God on our side. He’s in our hearts. He’s flowing out of us like living water, for others (and even us) to see and enjoy. Our God is an Awesome God!