Monday, July 12, 2010

2010 – July 12 – The Strength of Eternal Youth

Study from God’s Word Isaiah, Chapter 40 and 41: 1 – 10 … Passage for Reflection: Isaiah 40: 29 – 31 … NIV 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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.

My Journal for Today: I think today’s highlight passage from Verses 29 – 31 of Chapter 40 of the book of Isaiah is one of the most beloved in all of the Old Testament for New Covenant believers, especially for us old dudes who languish in the realities of the aging process. As Dr. Smith alludes today in his devotional for this date, the aging process is inexorable, irreversible, and relentless. Many in history have sought the “fountain of youth;” but as today’s focus passage documents, there is only one eternal repository of youthful vigor and strength; and that is in the “fountain of faith” rather than some man-conceived “fountain of youth.” Certainly no vitamin, face cream, or man-made chemical will ever produce what is promised in today’s passage. No, … the eternal strength to “fly on wings like eagles” or to “run and not grow weary” will only be found when one comes to receive the saving grace offered by THE Messiah, … the One about Whom Isaiah prophesied to the remaining believers in Judah.

God’s people, at the time Isaiah is prophesying in history and the times he is speaking these words for today, were mostly taken into captivity; and the remainder would be shortly. And the kingship of Manasseh had erased any restoration that had taken place during the reign of his father, Hezekiah. So, God gives a message through Isaiah that the Covenant imparted to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would one day be revisited and reprised in a coming Messiah, Who would come to reign eternally over God’s chosen people. And in this restoration – one for eternity – God’s people would have the eternal strength of Yahweh, giving them eternal life in Him.

And that, my friends, is the promise fulfilled in our New Covenant Messiah, the Lord, Jesus Christ, prophesied my many anointed Prophets during Isaiah’s times; and now come in the Person of God’s only Son, Jesus. And we now know that all who come to Him in faith, receiving the eternal life He gracefully offers, BY FAITH, will eternally “ … soar on wings like eagles; … run and not grow weary, [and] they will walk and not be faint.” That is my eternal hope in my Savior and Lord; and it is my prayer for all who read here, that the Messiah prophesied by Isaiah is your hope as well.

My Prayer for Today: Lord, … I know that one day I will live with You and walk in Your strength and even fly like an eagle with You. Amen

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