27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 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.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 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.
God is rebuking His people for their lack of faith. After all He has done for them over the centuries, how can they doubt His goodness, He wonders. And what ridiculous claims they make, that He is somehow unaware of what they’re going through, and unable or unwilling to help them in their time of need!
Don’t they remember who He is?
The Alpha and Omega (beginning and ending),
The great I AM (eternal existent one),
The Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
There is no other god like Him. Yet they are filled with doubt, and voice their unbelief by complaining. Because He hasn’t worked things out the way they expected, or answered their prayers how and when they wanted, they accuse Him of forgetfulness, negligence, and a lack of concern.
Yet twice in Scripture God tells us, His eyes are on the righteous (those who belong to Him) and His ears are open to our prayers (Psalm 34:15 and 1 Peter 3:12).
Whenever I feel discouraged or overlooked, whenever fears or doubts start pressing in, I open my Bible to these verses, and I read them out loud. To remind myself:
God is very much aware of all that goes on in the world and of every individual in every place around the world, including you and me.
God is also completely able to meet our needs, to fight our battles, to fulfill our deepest desires (when we delight in Him), and to use every trial that comes our way to accomplish something good in and for us.
And God is always available, always ready with just the right solution for our particular problem. All we have to do is get rid of those fictitious thoughts, and replace them with the truths of His Word. And then we should ask.
His promise to His children is this: When we place our expectations in His loving hands, and wait for Him, He will not disappoint us.
As a result, our faith will grow, giving us the endurance of a trained athlete and spiritual strength comparable to the amazing power of the wings that carry an eagle to mountain heights.
We have His word on it.