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Isaiah 40:31 & meaning...

Those 

who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run, and not be weary. They will walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Context

He gives power to the weak.

    He increases the strength of him who has no might.

Isaiah 40 [30.] Even the youths faint and get weary,

    and the young men utterly fall;

    But those who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength.

    They will mount up with wings like eagles.

    They will run, and not be weary.


Meaning:

  • Waiting on Yahweh:

But those who wait for Yahweh will renew their strength: The key to the promised renewal of strength lies in patient anticipation and reliance on Yahweh. Waiting is not passive; it involves trust, hope, and an active expectation of God's intervention.

  • Soaring on Eagle's Wings:

They will mount up with wings like eagles: The imagery of soaring on eagle's wings conveys a sense of majestic strength and freedom. It symbolizes transcending earthly limitations and experiencing a higher perspective.

  • Endurance in Running:

They will run, and not be weary: The promise extends to physical endurance. Those who wait on Yahweh will find the stamina to run the race of life without succumbing to weariness.

  • Steadfastness in Walking:

They will walk, and not faint: Even in the slower, steadier pace of walking, there is a guarantee of not fainting. This speaks to enduring strength for the journey, ensuring that one does not grow weary in the ongoing walk of life.

  • Significance:

Renewal through Patient Trust: The core message of this verse lies in the renewal of strength through patient trust in Yahweh. It's an invitation to place our hope and confidence in God, allowing Him to be the source of our strength.

Eagle's Wings Symbolism: The imagery of mounting up with wings like eagles symbolizes transcendent strength and resilience. Eagles are known for their ability to soar at great heights, reflecting a divine empowerment that lifts believers above life's challenges.


Relevance for Today:

Hope in Times of Waiting: Isaiah 40:31 is a source of hope for those navigating seasons of waiting. It encourages us to trust in God's timing, knowing that as we wait on Him, our strength will be renewed.

Strength for Life's Journey: The verse assures us that God's strength is not only for momentary challenges but sustains us in the marathon of life. Whether running or walking, God's empowerment remains constant.


Cross-References:

Psalm 27:14: "Wait for Yahweh. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for Yahweh." This echoes the theme of waiting on Yahweh and connects with the idea of finding strength in the process.

Psalm 103:5: "Who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." The concept of renewal and strength, likened to the eagle's youthfulness, aligns with the promise in Isaiah 40:31.


In Our Daily Lives: As we face the demands of daily life, Isaiah 40:31 serves as a reminder to cultivate a spirit of patient trust. It inspires us to wait on Yahweh, drawing strength from Him to face the challenges, run the race, and walk the journey without growing weary.


PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible