I heard that voice of the Holy Spirit that is so familiar, so tenderhearted, so full of hope, this past Sunday.
It got me good. The question I heard asked of me was: “What if you could run and not grow weary?”
It was from Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Depending on the translation you read that word trust is interchanged with hope or wait, and really, all 3 are pretty good words to convey a posture of having strength renewed by God by stopping business or bustling.
Most of us don’t mind walking and many of us dream of flying, but only some people actually like running. My theory as to why is 1) it’s kind of boring, 2) it’s definitely tiring 3) it kind of hurts your legs and 4) to be good at it you really have to build up a lot of endurance and do it regularly.
Someone reading that disagrees with most of what I just wrote and loves running and I’m cool with that, but at least admit you’re a bit of a weirdo.
I digress, God spoke to me! God asked me a question that took me to the mountain for a day until I encountered my own sin the next day and felt bad, only to consistently remind me of the question playing on repeat in my head:
“What if you could run and not grow weary?”
In 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and Galatians 6:9, the apostle Paul exhorts his readers to not grow weary in doing good because in due season we will reap if we do not give up. Hebrews 12:3 exhorts us to consider the hostility Jesus endured in order to continue to wage war against sin so we won’t grow weary. Just prior to verse 3 the writer of Hebrews talks about running laying aside sin and weights that entangle us to endure through the race looking to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.
God doesn’t want us to be a weary people. In fact he wants me to find energy in walking in the good works that God prepared beforehand for me to walk in (Eph. 2:10). There is rest to be found in obedience. Sure there is suffering, but in suffering for the gospel there is also a promise of joy.
But there are also some pretty amazing implications of being able to run and not grow weary.