“Isaiah 40:30–31 (ESV): “30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
“Do Over” is a new attempt or opportunity to do something after a previous attempt has been unsuccessful or unsatisfactory. Golfers will practice “do overs” when their putt or tee shots are poor. The official golf term is Mulligan. A golfer will take a Mulligan in order to attempt another putt or drive. There are times people will ask for “do overs” when relationships have started off on the wrong way. Movies tend to illustrate relationship “do overs”. In the past year, several people have made the comment that they wanted a “do over” for 2020. Many would agree 2020 was a challenging year for them personally and for our country it was devastating in the areas of economics, mental health, family relationships, politics. etc… across the board, life was difficult for many in 2020.
We now begin a new journey into a New Year 2021. Will we plan to drag the depressive dominant baggage of 2020 into 2021? Isaiah offers a new direction for our New Year. Isaiah calls us to place our heart, mind and soul into God’s hands. He says, “they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength”. Our hope is in God! It Is God who will bring us “strength” in our challenging times. Interestingly, the root word for “wait” in Hebrew is a same root word for “hope”. Waiting and hope are connected together. In waiting and centering our lives in God, we do so because our “hope” is in God through Jesus Christ! It is God who saves us! It is God who makes us a new creation through the cross and resurrection of His Son. Through Jesus, we are “mount up with wings like eagles”. Jesus lifts up through depressing hard times. Jesus fills our being with the truth nothing in our world can keep us from God’s grace, love, and peace.
Following Isaiah’s advice should we “run and not be weary”, Should we “walk and not faint”. Why? Because it fills us with hope as we journey into 2021
Happy New Year