Go for Gold
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 4:31)
This verse is often an encouraging phrase for athletes prior to a big game or performance. It paints the story of hope.
Hope is a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen. For athletes that might be to win the gold or simply to beat their last performance. Hoping in the Lord is an expectation that his strength will help us rise to any occasion that this life may throw our way. Hoping in the Lord is a belief that God loves you and wants the best for you. This hope breeds assurance that his provisions for your life are enough.
The book of Isaiah is written by the prophet Isaiah. The first part of the book outlines Isaiah’s unpopular opinion that God’s judgement and punishment would soon come due to the people’s disobedience and sin. However, in Isaiah 40 it takes a turn, and begins to comfort the people.
In verses 3-5 it tells the people to clear away barriers and distractions. Just as athletes must focus during training to prepare for competition, we must remove obstacles and barriers so that we can see God’s work in our life and be prepared when he calls us to act.
It goes on to describe God’s nature, “He tends to his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” (40:11)What a comfort to know that God is watching over us and protecting us. Knowing that God is forever present in our lives can give us comfort in moments of adversity or loss, because even the strongest people (yes.. even athletes) get tired sometimes. But God’s power, presence, and strength will never change. So, if you find yourself in a moment of despair you can find comfort in the knowledge that you can call upon God to renew your strength.
And with his strength you can soar on wings like eagles… and maybe even win the Gold.
Inspiration found in the NIV life application study bible