Sermon on The Promise of Isaiah 40:31

 "Soaring with Renewed Strength: The Promise of Isaiah 40:31"

  • 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  Isaías 40:31

Life often presents us with challenges and weariness that can weigh us down. Yet, in the midst of these trials, the prophet Isaiah offers us a message of hope and renewal found in Isaiah 40:31.

The key to unlocking this verse is the word wait. Those who wait on (upon) the Lord getall the attributes of strength listed in this verse. So if we want the strength in its various formslisted in this verse, then we must first learn how to wait on the Lord. Think of it this way: if wedon't learn to wait on the Lord, we will never get the strength of the Lord.

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I. The Promise of Renewal in Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah 40:31 serves as a beacon of hope for those facing adversity and exhaustion. This verse reminds us that in God's embrace, we can find renewal, strength, and the ability to rise above life's challenges.

II. "Those who hope in the Lord" (Isaiah 40:31a)

The promise of renewal is not reserved for everyone but specifically for "those who hope in the Lord." Our hope and trust in God, even during our most challenging moments, are the prerequisites for experiencing His rejuvenating power.

The figurative definition of the word “qavah” is “to wait, or to look for with eagerexpectation.”5 The figurative meaning of “qavah” conveys eager anticipation andexpectation. It is the same type of waiting that children do on Christmas morning whilewaiting for mom and dad to get out of bed so they can open presents. All of thetranslations of the Bible that I have read chose to translate “qavah” figuratively and notliterally.

III. "They Will Renew Their Strength" (Isaiah 40:31b)

Isaiah goes on to declare that those who hope in the Lord "will renew their strength." God's promise isn't just a momentary relief; it's a lasting renewal of our inner and outer strength.

 The word renew means to “to passon, to change, to renew.” The phrase “renew their strength” literally means to “exchangestrength” or substitute strength.”  It means giving up the old and receiving something new; itsuggests the tapping of a new resource of strength, which comes from God

IV. "They will mount up with wings like eagles" (Isaiah 40:31c)

The imagery of soaring with wings like eagles portrays the divine empowerment that God offers. Eagles, with their remarkable ability to soar to great heights, serve as a symbol of spiritual ascension. In God's strength, we too can rise above life's challenges and gain a heavenly perspective.

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V. The Context of Isaiah 40 and God's Comfort (Isaiah 40:1-11)

Understanding the broader context of Isaiah 40 deepens the significance of this promise. In the preceding verses, Isaiah speaks of God's comfort and tenderness toward His people. This context reminds us that God's promise of renewal is wrapped in His loving care.

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Isaiah 40:31 is not merely a verse; it's a promise from God that encapsulates His love and grace. It invites us to place our hope in the Lord, trust in His enduring strength, and embrace the assurance of renewal. By doing so, we can rise above life's challenges, just like eagles soaring to great heights.

May this promise from Isaiah 40:31 be etched in our hearts, reminding us of the divine empowerment and comfort that God offers. As we lean on Him, we will find renewed strength to face any adversity that comes our way. With God's help, we can indeed mount up with wings like eagles and journey through life with unwavering faith. 

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