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But I Don’t Like Weakness!
By Amy Clemens on April 18, 2022
Read: Isaiah 40:27-31
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength. (vv. 30-31)
I’ve been called a racehorse, known for galloping into life like a warrior steed into the heat of battle. Everyone has a breaking point, however, and the more I age the faster I reach it. These days, I fear I might more closely resemble a newborn foal, struggling to untangle awkward legs and find the necessary muscles to stand.
I hate feeling weak, but God has purpose even in the frailty of the human body. As we age, encounter illness, take on too much “bad” stress, or face overwhelming life pressure, it forces us to ask new questions about our faith. As things and people we have trusted in fail, the questions crystalize anew. With more precision we ask, “Is my faith in my strength (or wits or youth or connections or external circumstance) or in God?” We must dig deeper and cling harder to truth on those days.
Every one of us faces God-designed breaking points and the epiphanies that follow: will our faintness, weariness, or complete exhaustion teach us to trust God and wait patiently for his renewal work? Or will we instead redouble our efforts, mounting a campaign to run in our own strength? —Amy Clemens
As you pray, ask God to show you whether you are fully trusting him and leaning into his renewal plans, or off to the races in your own strength.