Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 14th, 2021
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
Isaiah 40:29-30 (NIV)
Strength to the Weary
At the end of April, the Toronto Sun reported, “A year into being battered by massive volatility, with highly-contagious variants and increasingly-harsh restrictions joining the attack, we’re so COVID-weary. Our mental health is under siege – Canadians are feeling more anxious, more stressed, and increasingly lonely due to physical or social distancing, according to an Ipsos poll on behalf of Global News. Part of the problem is that our brains hate uncertainty and we’ve been dealing with that for a year and a half.”
These are tiring days. People are dealing with so many new mental health issues brought on by the pandemic: Zoom fatigue, work from home stress, and even return to work anxiety. So many people are dealing with exhaustion, physically, emotionally and mentally. For the follower of Jesus, the Bible is filled with promises for times like these. Isaiah 40:29-30 is one of them. It says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;” God knew that human beings are prone to exhaustion. So, He has provided the best source of strength – Himself. He is available to all who reach out in faith to Him. He has promised to supply strength and power to youths who are tired and weary and to young people who stumble and fall. If you are dealing with the challenges of the past 18 months, if you are in need of relief from the stress that is brought about by the pandemic, the best place to begin is by reaching out to the Lord Jesus in prayer. You can stand on this promise.
These have been words from the heart.