…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
My excitement was irrepressible. I hadn’t been this giddy in a very long time and never EVER about vacuuming. Last week we finally purchased a new vacuum. I spent the following day on my knees cleaning the tiniest of crevices, on my toes reaching the highest ceiling corners and all the while sporting the absolute brightest smile.
Vacuuming has never been something I long to do. The old, broken-down vacuum we had made the job quite tedious. It has been on its last leg for months and since replacing it had not yet fit into our budget, I’ve just had to make do. So vacuuming fell into the same category as the dreaded chore, dusting. But now as I raced around the house viciously attacking every speck of dust and dirt my eyes could see, I was absolutely amazed at how painless, almost effortless this job had become.
How could something that used to take forever and wear on me so, become practically fun?
Then as it has so many times before, my mind wandered. I began contemplating the difference between the old vacuum and the one I was now using. The new equipment had strength and power that the old vacuum just couldn’t equal and it seems to me that we in and of ourselves are exactly the same.
We can not in our own strength match the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Every job that we do, whether it be at home, work, or at church, we are to do wholeheartedly as if we were serving the Lord (Ephesians 6:7). This can become very tiresome when done in our own strength. When this weariness, sometimes even crankiness, becomes all that others see in us, it is NOT to the glory of the Lord. But God has made available to those of us who believe, His incomparably great power (Ephesians 1:19) so that our deficiency will reveal His total sufficiency.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians Chapter 12 how God revealed to him that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness. Then Paul declares that for Christ’s sake, he delights in his weakness, “For when I am weak, then I am made strong.”
If you are finding service to the Lord tedious and tiresome, there is a good chance you are serving in your own strength. There have been times when I have found myself in this same place, wondering why something I once loved has become such a chore.
If this is your situation today, look to the Lord for help. In Isaiah 41:10 the Lord tells us He will strengthen and help His chosen ones and Isaiah 40:29 tells us that the Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
For those of us whose hope is in the Lord, we need only ask and He will renew our strength, we will soar on wings like eagles; we will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not be faint. In God’s strength our service to Him becomes painless and takes almost no effort.
I don’t know about you but I think the world needs to see more of us smiling and giddy with irrepressible excitement too!