This passage from Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles” is around 2,500 years old. That is significant!
The Lord God is speaking a message of hope through Isaiah to the people of Judah who have been conquered by the Babylonians. Some of them have been taken in captivity to Babylon, and the rest are just struggling to survive in and around the city of Jerusalem.
The people who are held captive in Babylon will be led back to Jerusalem by God on what you and I would recognize as a super highway: “make a straight road for the Lord our God; fill in the valleys; flatten every hill and mountain; level the rough and rugged ground.”
This passage is used in describing John the Baptist as “someone shouting in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord!’”
I also use Isaiah 40, in funerals for its words of comfort and its encouragement to rely upon the strength of the Lord. These last five verses of chapter 40 encapsulate that thought.
Do not wait until you are weary. Turn to the Lord before you stumble and fall. Trust in the Lord and find new strength. Soar like an eagle and walk and run without getting tired. We all need to hear this message today!
Trust in the Lord!