“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.”Isaiah 40:30
The creator of the earth is not weary and does not faint, yet as mere man, we will faint and become weary. The Lord God comes with a strong hand who will feed the flock and gather the lambs within his arm and carry them, [see Isaiah 40:10-11]. Just like a father who lifts up his son or daughter and carries them to another place. This is the key to verse 30 of Isaiah chapter 40. We may make the assumption that renew means to restore or repair in this verse but that is not the case in this verse. Renew in this verse is the Hebrew word “chalaph,” which means to pass through or to pass on. How we get to this point as mere man is through God’s son Jesus Christ. To pass through one door to another door. This is what the Lord showed me. To be picked up into His arms and carried to another place. We are at a place where we will pass through with God’s strength and not our own. The Lord will lift us up like wings of an eagle who catches the thermal of the wind and goes up higher in the sky. How is this possible for a Christian? How are we able to run and not be weary and to walk and not faint?
The other word for renew is the Hebrew word “chadash,” which means repair and renew. We are more familiar with this due to our conversion into Christianity.
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17
If you are in Christ, you are a new creature, the old way you used to be is passed away, and now you are a new person in Christ. You have been restored back to God through Christ. As amazing as this is, we believe in faith that this has taken place. We can sing the song with David and pray.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”Psalms 51:10-12
This is the beginning of where we stand before the Lord God in the majesty of His throne and confess our sins and to ask Him to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. It is our spirit that needs to be repaired and restored. We must have faith like Abraham who considered not his own body as being dead nor his wife Sara’s womb, [see Romans 4:19]. The Lord God repaired and renewed their bodies to conceive a child. Abraham staggered not at the promises of God. Neither should we stagger at the promises of God. We must believe that God is able to perform what the word states. Repentance brings the joy of salvation of being a child of God. This will allow the Holy Spirit to do the work of making us holy before God. We should not walk in the vanity of our mind. The apostle Paul told the Ephesians not to give themselves over to lasciviousness and any work that is unclean, [see Ephesians chapter 4 verses 19]. We are not to give place to the devil [Ephesians 4:27]. Paul exhorts, “to put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” [Ephesians 4:24]. We put on the new man through faith in Christ Jesus. Every day is a new day in the Lord where we take up the cross of Christ and die to our own selfish ambition.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”Titus 3:5
Our righteousness comes from Christ and not by our own works. The washing of regeneration is the new birth in Christ. We died to the old nature of man and are born into the new man which is in Christ. We believe in faith, and we accept it as being done. This is done through the Holy Spirit. We are being purged of all things that is unclean into the divine essence of a new man. This is God’s power working in us in a supernatural way. We must press in and seek the Lord for this renewal. This means to pray and wait upon the Lord. It is those who continue to pray and press into the Lord who will renew their strength. You must have confidence in God for the renewal of your body and mind to take place.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”Romans 12:2
Renewing your mind means to repair and make new. When was the last time you waited upon the Lord? The apostle Paul tells us to present ourselves unto God and be not conformed to this world. Our minds can be transformed. Our minds can be at peace with God. We must be able to prove what the will of God is. It is the will of God that all be renewed and restored to wholeness. We must not consider our present state in our mind and body. Just like Abraham who considered not his own body as being dead, so must we do the same.
“If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”Matthew 8:2-3
Jesus said, I will. Salvation and healing are available to all who believe. So is strength and renewal for our mind and body. Seek and wait upon the Lord until you are renewed with strength, and you shall run and not be weary nor faint. After we have been repaired and renewed, He will carry you through to a higher plane of existence.