Through His Strength: Part 1

I am reminded each year as we prepare for our annual Race for Hope of many truths of scripture. This is always a time of encouragement as we see everyone work together to prepare for this event as well as reflect on who God is and how He helps us as we run our daily race.

One passage of scripture always stands out to me every year as I reflect upon running a race. In the next couple of blogs, we will highlight some great truths from this famous passage: Isaiah 40:27-31

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

Wow – what powerful truths are to be found in these verses. First, let’s think about what Israel was struggling with at this time. According to this passage, Israel is feeling as though God has forgotten them and He is no longer involved in their lives. That is something many of us can relate to. Through the very difficult trials of this life, it can be easy to wonder where God is and why He does not seem to be answering our prayers. But, as this passage beautifully reminds us, God IS there! He is mighty and powerful, and He knows what is going on in our lives. Nothing escapes His eye, and unlike us humans who grow tired, He does not grow tired or sleep. He doesn’t grow weary of being involved in our lives or controlling the outcome of each situation – He is actively as work at all times, and is working for His glory and our good (Rom. 8:28). Those are promises we can cling to when we feel He is far away. Perhaps we cannot yet see the outcome or the point to a trial we are currently facing, but He does, and we can choose to find peace in trusting that He is good, He is there in every circumstance, and He will never forsake us.

We hope you are lifting our upcoming Race for Hope in your prayers. Our fundraising goal this year is $55,000 and it is our hope that we will be able to reach this goal in order to continue offering affordable help to women in need. To donate or participate in the Race for Hope, visit our website here.

Bethany Dunn
Bethany heard about Vision of Hope while attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida. When she began praying about what God wanted her to do after graduating, He kept bringing Vision of Hope to her mind. Knowing that there was an internship available, Bethany applied, was accepted, and began her internship with VOH in July, 2012. Since then she has been amazed at the opportunities God has given her to learn more about His Word and how it applies to everyday life. Bethany now serves on staff at Vision of Hope.