Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
You’ve seen the TV ad aimed at seniors. An elderly woman; helpless, frightened, desperate. Then we’re told the good news. With just the push of a button, help is on the way.
In reality, it’s not just the elderly who are fragile and vulnerable to life’s setbacks. Our focus text makes that clear. “Even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.”
Life happens. Worry, stress, overwhelming challenges, and unexpected crises cause excessive fatigue and brokenness.
Sometimes we cave under the pressure, resulting in a crushed spirit, hopelessness, and despair. These gut-blow predicaments weaken the strong and confounds the wise.
The pharmaceutical industry has gotten rich over our emotional distresses. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, antidepressant use has skyrocketed by 400% in recent years. In fact, antidepressants now rank as the number one prescription drug in America. 11% of us take antidepressants, and 23% of women in their 50s and 60s are on the medication.
It’s not my intent here to criticize the medical profession or lay a guilt trip on those who take antidepressants, but rather to point to the severity of the emotional struggles faced by many people.
All around us; at home and at work, people are hurting. Tired. Weary. They stumble and fall. And they’re crying out for help.
Go to your doctor if you must, but real hope is found in the Lord.
Let’s be clear. Christians suffer emotional strife just like anyone else. But we do have supernatural help available to us that can “renew” us, give us “strength,” to enable us to “run and not grow weary.”
As a pastor, I counseled with many broken people. Most of them overcame their painful circumstances. Their lives were renewed. I’m not suggesting that my advice was the reason for their success. They were restored by God because they were willing to trust Him to help them manage their problems.
You probably noticed that I said “most of them” overcame their circumstances. Some refused to accept God’s counsel and to trust Him for a positive outcome.
I can’t promise you that you will be problem free. Troubles are as much a part of life as breathing. What I can tell you is that God can and will “renew your strength” to rise above your circumstances to “soar on wings like eagles.” He will change your outlook and give you a heavenly perspective.
Are you struggling with a heavy burden? Give it to the Lord. One of my favorite expressions from the old time preachers, “Let go — and let God.”
As a Christian, you don’t have to say “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” With the help of the Lord, you can get up.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Where to Find Hope for Living
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.