My One Word for 2022 weaves it’s way through my thoughtsÂ every now and then. It’s funny how it can leap out and take on depth of meaning, even when the word is not in the forefront of my thoughts.
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
(Isaiah 40:31, NASB)
Such a familiar verse, but the other morning, one word changed the impact in a split second.
I change Bibles every few years, reading a different version so as not to let familiarity rob me of reading with intent.
Isaiah asks a powerful question in verse 25:
“To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.” (NASB)
Fully knowing the answer is, “There is no one like Him”, Isaiah continues in verse 26:
“Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.” (NASB)
We must choose to lift our eyes to Him, to see the greatness and the power of our Help.
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, NASB)
Isaiah describes some of the people as those who are lacking strength, growing tired and stumbling.
And then the word flashed on the page – “Yet” – “YET those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength …”
It was the one word – YET – that spoke deeply. While those around us are weakening, tiring, and stumbling, when we wait on the Lord, YET will we grow stronger. We will not grow tired and we will do what He has called us to do.
“It’s in the wait that our strength is renewed, our hope is restored, and our promise of Jesus presence is felt.” (my friend, Patricia Earley)