Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
The Glory Of God And Youth
This past week I was at a Bible Camp I have been involved with for thirteen years and the joy of being with nearly 150 young people filled with energy, vitality and youthfulness is an experience that can only be understood by the exhaustion realized at the end of the week. The days are long and the nights longer. Every day is a time of helping young people see the power of God and His love for their souls. The text of our camp this year was Isaiah 40 in that great declaration of the power of God’s word, His incredible exhibition of His glory and the never ending grace of His strength to renew the spirit of downtrodden man. Isaiah begins his second part of his book with the power of the everlasting God who is Lord, Creator and the one who never tires or grows weary. After a week at camp everyone is exhausted. All of the energies that can be possibly mustered have diminished into near unconsciousness. What is amazing is to see the energy of youth fill a room with the praises of the Lord God almost without end. Their voices seldom dim from day to day and their energies seem inexhaustible. After a week of incredible vitality the young people begin to wear down and grow weary. Trips home become long miles of deep sleep. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bible camp life sneaks in and the body relaxes into the calm needed for rest.
While the body is weary and needs its rest, the soul is what is heightened after a week of learning that God does not grow weary and never faints. The final night of camp was an emotional package of tears, laughter, joy, happiness and a deep feeling of identification with the eternal heart that is filled with the love of God. We sang a special song that identified the need that is found in all men. There is a need of grace, love, mercy and forgiveness that is found in Christ and in Christ alone. We grow weary but the Lord does not grow weary. He never faints and never is burdened with the limitations of flesh. Everyone who was a part of camp will take weeks to recover the physical energies expelled during the daily experience but today the heart will be filled with the glory of God as the spirit of the Lord fuels the heart to praise Him from whom all blessings come. The body is tired but the spirit is strong. Waiting on the Lord brings a renewal of strength. The message of Isaiah is filled with the knowledge that God will give His Spirit to His children to be full of grace because of His love for them.
It is hard to wait on the Lord. Man is a creature of self-will with a purpose to direct his own way by his own knowledge. Learning to wait on the Lord is where true strength comes from and the blessing of trusting in the ways of God will give man the ability to soar like eagles in the clear unbroken sunshine of truth. The incredible creation of man is limited because all men will grow weary. There is a limitation to what man can do because he will faint and fall in time. The Lord never grows weary or faints from exhaustion. He existed before time began and the same God Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshiped is the same God we worship today. He never faints! What He promises to His children is that if we wait on Him and trust His word we will never grow tired as we bask in the glory of His word. The mortal body will tire and grow weary but the soul will mount up with wings like eagles soaring in the exalted atmosphere of righteousness and purity. Waiting on the Lord is what makes a week of exhausted energy filled with an inexhaustible amount of hope for the youth of our day. There are many troubling things we hear about young people today but to spend a week with 142 young men and young women who love to sing about the glory of God and who learn that Jesus loves them is worth all the weariness, exhaustion and bone tired feelings of the thing we call Bible camp. To God be the glory.