He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isiah 40:29 NLT
When just a young lad, getting tired took a long time.
One of my grandfathers once sang a part of the lyrics to the old folk song, “The Old Gray Mare,” by saying, “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.” I don’t know how old he was when he sang it—probably about my age now—but I knew what he meant, even though I was much younger. He was getting older and couldn’t do what he once did—at least not with the same speed and agility.
Nor can I. I remember summers when I was a lad. The daylight hours seemed to last forever, and my friends and I took advantage of every second. No inside games. No video games. No cell phones. Nothing but the outside and our imaginations. Cowboys and Indians. Cops and Robbers. Hunting. Fishing. Wandering in backyards far larger than children can experience presently. Not until our parents called us in just before dusk did we finally give up for the night. We never seemed to tire.
But something has happened as I’ve gotten older. The same thing that happened to my grandfather. I tired more easily. Now, after a day of teaching 105 middle schoolers, I’m pooped. After my afternoon walk, a shower, and supper, I slump into my recliner. And if I’m not careful, I’ll be asleep within thirty minutes. Nine o’clock is bedtime on most nights. Despite trying to eat right and exercise, my body won’t do what it once did.
Getting tired is parcel of this human body. Even Jesus did when He walked the earth. God didn’t design our bodies to run forever without rest and refueling. And when sin entered, it took care of breaking down our bodies and making them age.
Isaiah has good news for those who are tired. God gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Heaven will differ from the earth. At the resurrection, God will give us new bodies, suited for eternity with him. What we’ll do—other than praise and worship God—I’m not sure, but whatever it is, our bodies will handle it.
But for now, we need power only God can give. Strength to face the emotional battles we often encounter—the depression, the disappointment, the discouragement. Ability to battle the spiritual wars—the temptations, the peer pressure. And power to do life as God intends. God will give us the power and strength to accomplish His plan for us.
God will make sure we never get too tired to do His will. Our part is getting the proper rest, eating healthy, and exercising.
Do your part to care for your body, and let God take care of the rest.
Prayer: Father, give us the strength to do what You have called us to do.
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