But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)




I cannot begin to count the number of times I have longed for the fulfillment of this verse in my life. Crying, hoping, and trusting, I asked God to lift me away from the trials  assaulting me. But what if there is a deeper truth within this promise God gives us? What if God gives us a picture of hope within Him as we wait upon Him?


As I researched, several commentaries mentioned a parallel verse:


Who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:5 NIV


These thoughts do not encourage us to fly away from trouble. No, we see that in the very midst of the trouble we are fresh strength. The ancient peoples held to the thought that when an eagle molted his feathers, he would come forth out of that troubling time with a fresh burst of new strength.


We need to wait upon the Lord. Can you join me in asking God for His fresh vision, His new strength, His renewed hope from within the trial of this day?

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Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Chronic Joy Contributing Writer

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in the far north suburbs of Chicago at bettiegsraseasons.com. She is walking forward with Jesus in the middle of her pain and weakness from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature as well as her family (including nine young grandchildren) are Bettie's joys. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great delight in their weekend coffee breaks together.

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