“A Lifting Up” ( Isaiah 40: 31, WYC ) by Carley Evans

Prophet Isaiah, Russian icon from first quarte...
Prophet Isaiah, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“But they that hope in the Lord, shall change strength, they shall take feathers as eagles; they shall run, and shall not travail; they shall go, and shall not fail.”

What success is the Holy Spirit promising those of us who hope in the Lord? God promises — we are strong; we can fly, run, go without “travail” and without failure. God contrasts us with those — even those who are young — who “fail” or “fall down in their sicknesses.” (Isaiah 40: 30)

God is not promising that those who hope in the Lord never suffer. Rather He promises us renewal of strength even in times of sickness or hardship. He promises us a kind of lifting up as we “take feathers as eagles.” Our hope in the Lord ought to give us comfort for we know we “shall not fail.”