Truths We Love: Isaiah 40:31
I love the Bible.
These aren’t quite words you hear every day are they? Many people’s sentiments would demonstrate directly opposing views but as Christians we can rejoice and revel in the words of love, hope, joy and sacrifice.
You’re probably thinking yeah yeah, whilst this will always be great stuff it’s also old news, get on with it now. Fair, I’m waffling but trust me, I have a point. I am certainly guilty of turning to the bible and thinking ‘okay, theoretically this is the best thing ever and I’m literally reading God’s very word right now but God couldn’t feel any less tangible. I mean…its actually just paper, am I missing something?’
It’s at times like these when I turn to a single verse in which, whatever my mood may be, I can focus solely on the Lord and can recognise his strength in us and how truly amazing it is. (I’m actually lying a bit, the Bible is littered with verses like these but for the drama and literary effect I’ll focus on one).
Shown to me by a dear friend in an ‘oh-my-goodness-I’m-so-stressed-out-why-me’ moment Isaiah 40:31 has lifted my spirits in times of sadness and distance from God to encouraging me in moments of elation, rejoicing in faith in him. The words follow:
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 40:31)
Wicked right? (the good wicked). These lines are so important to me primarily as they remind us of the divine strength that hope in the Lord holds. This is a truth that is so easy to ignore or to forget in our day to day lives, particularly as we wake to such a sinful and broken world.
For me, temptation and the fear of sticking out in a crowd is profound, which I believe can be said for many Christians of all ages. It has been such an encouragement and so helpful to constantly remind myself of these words when feelings such as these arise, as my confidence in my unfaltering strength through our Father’s strength in us is restored and I can recognise that in Him, I can soar, despite the destruction of the world around me.
The words of Romans 8:38-39 further show this might, that cannot be beaten nor lead us to be separated from God and that although the barriers between us will never fade, the strength in our hope will renew and equip us in all that we do and importantly, in how we share Jesus’ sacrifice and love in a way that is truly unstoppable, mirroring our saviour.
If that isn’t reason alone to adore the Bible, I don’t know what is. For with our Father, we are invincible.
Hey! I’m Florrie and I’m at school in the big city of London. Born and raised a city girl with a country heart so am usually found outdoors, dancing, painting, eating bananas and when I can, pretending I’m a cool dude and going surfing. I'm so excited to be part of a CU team at school and even more excited that we can chat about God’s word!
Study Questions: Isaiah 40:31
- Can you identify with the ‘am I missing something here?’ feeling in relation to the Bible that Florrie mentions in this post? Why do you think that is?
- When you need a reminder of God’s strength in you, which verses of the Bible do you turn to? Share these with a friend who you feel might need some encouragement today.
- Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. It is so easy to forget how profoundly magnificent the words of the Bible are, and that they are God-breathed! God gives us the Bible as his instruction manual for our life, he wrote the words in it for you to read and get to know him better. Be encouraged that reading your Bible regularly will ensure you are ‘thoroughly equipped’ for all that life can throw at you!
Lord we thank you that we are people who can freely own a Bible and read your Word. We pray for those Christians in the world who do not have this freedom, who have to travel great distances or take huge risks to read your word. Would we never lose sight of the gift that the bible is for us and the power it has to teach, rebuke, correct, train and equip us in your Spirit.