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marbella3 65F
2286 posts
4/22/2019 5:58 am
Second-Wind Strength

Bible in a Year:

2 Samuel –; Luke :1–19
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew :28

Isaiah 40:27–31
At the age of fifty-four I entered the Milwaukee marathon with two goals—to finish the race and to do it under five hours. My time would have been amazing if the second .1 miles went as well as the first. But the race was grueling, and the second-wind strength I’d hoped for never came. By the time I made it to the finish line, my steady stride had morphed into a painful walk.

Footraces aren’t the only things require second-wind strength—life’s race does too. To endure, tired, weary people need God’s help. Isaiah 40:27–31 beautifully weds poetry and prophecy to comfort and motivate people who need strength to keep going. Timeless words remind fatigued and discouraged people the Lord isn’t detached or uncaring (v. 27), our plight doesn’t escape His notice. These words breathe comfort and assurance, and remind us of God’s limitless power and bottomless knowledge (v. 28.

The second-wind strength described in verses 29–31 is just right for us—whether we’re in the throes of raising and providing for our families, struggling through life under the weight of physical or financial burdens, or discouraged by relational tensions or spiritual challenges. Such is the strength awaits those who—through meditating on the Scriptures and prayer—wait upon the Lord.

Today's Reflection
When have life circumstances taken the wind out of you? In what particular area do you need God’s strength today?

MrsJoe 72F
10910 posts
4/22/2019 6:53 pm

I need His strength just to put one foot in front of the other at times. Catching a second breath often takes a few days of just spending time with Him and relaxing.

If you don't expect anything from anybody......You won't be disappointed.