26 Lift your eyes up high, and see! Who created these? The one who brings out their army by number. He calls all them by name. Because he is powerfully great and powerfully mighty, no soldier is missing. 27 Jacob, why do you speak, and Israel, why do you say, “My way is hidden from Yahveh, and my judgment is passed over by my God?” 28 Have you not known, or have you not heard? Yahveh is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the land! He is not tired, and he does not grow weary! There is no searching his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weary, and he increases power for the powerless. 30 Even young people might get faint and grow weary, and a young one might stumble, exhausted. 31 But those who wait for Yahveh will renew their strength. They will go up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not tire out.
connected to strength
Isaiah encourages his people to look up to the stars, and contemplate the strength of their creator. It is this same Yahveh who has promised deliverance for his people. So, the key to constant renewal of strength is staying connected to him. Isaiah calls it waiting for him. That does not mean the believer will never experience weakness or temporary failure. It means that the source of our strength is God, who never experiences these things. The Christian life is often one of evident weakness. But we stay connected to the God who created the stars, so he continues to manifest his strength even when we are weak. In fact, his strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we feel weak, we should look at the stars for a while, and remember that we are connected to the strength that hangs them in the sky, and never gets tired.
LORD, when we are at the end of our strength, help us to trust in your strength, and know that we are connected to you.