Eagles Wings: Isaiah 40:28-31 Explored
Commentary provided by : David, Guzik, Albert Barnes, and others
Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength. Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but those who wait on Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:28-31 MKJV)
Isaiah 40: 28 Notes*** i. “How easy it is to believe in the infinite power of God and at the same time to feel that He is unable to meet our personal needs!” (Wolf)
Do you believe that God is able to deliever you out of your troubles? The Jewish people did not, and God through His prophet Isaiah had to remind them of the Truth. God is more than able to delever and redeem us. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”(Isaiah 40:31 (King James’ Version)
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
(Job 11:7-11 KJV)
I’m not sure how to adequately expound on the reality of God’s power and infinite wisdom besides to say, it’s real. Lately I’ve been given glimpses of God’s ability through me through my faith in Him. A situation where it seemed as though I could not muster up the power and courage to go through with what He was asking me to do, I did and God’s blessings showed up in the situation.
How do we allow our selves to slip and fall as we see things around us collapsing, when the Lord has inspired hundreds of bible verses encouraging us to stand firm, to trust Him, and to have faith?
He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:29 MKJV)
God gives us strength when we’d rather render ourselves utterly powerless. He “renews” our strength to carry on. And while the news may seem bleek, He carries us on by His power. We must have FAITH.
He gives power to the weak: After explaining all the greatness and glory of God, now Isaiah explains another benefit we can receive from our God – He gives us His great power! (Guzik)
Notice who God gives power to: the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Those who are proud and confident in their own wisdom and strength will receive no strength from God. (Guzik)
He giveth power to the faint – To his weak and feeble people. This is one of his attributes; and his people, therefore, should put their trust in him, and look to him for aid (compare 2Co_12:9). The design of this verse is to give consolation to the afflicted and down-trodden people in Babylon, by recalling to their minds the truth that it was one of the characteristics of God that he ministered strength to those who were conscious of their own feebleness, and who looked to him for support. It is a truth, however, as applicable to us as to theresa truth inestimably precious to those who feel that they are weak and feeble, and who look to God for aid. (Barnes)
Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but those who wait on Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:30-31 MKJV)
Those who are patient with God’s perfect timing will have their strength renewed.
Isaiah 40:31 Wait – That rely upon him. Renew – Shall grow stronger and stronger. (Wesley)
We are also told that we renew our strength. It is strength that was once received when we first came to the Lord in weakness and no might. Then, that strength is renewed as we wait on the Lord. Renew is “from a basic meaning ‘to change’ . . . [it] comes to mean ‘to put on afresh’: here, ‘keep putting on fresh strength.’ (Motyer)
Have faith in God. Trust in Him. These encouraging words seem simplistic, but our adversary is CONSTANTLY making attempts to steal our faith in what God has promised to us. THEY ARE THE LORDS PROMISES, and they shall not be relinquished.