He Gives Us Strength: Reflections on Isaiah

“Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings.” (NABRE Is 40:30-31)


These are my favorite verses from the book of Isaiah. They remind us that God is our strength and we cannot do anything without Him. They also encourage us that He will not only restore our strength when we have nothing else to give, but that He will also give us more than enough. If we hope in God, we will “soar on eagles’ wings.”


The verses can apply to our lives in a spiritual sense as well as a physical sense. He restores us with His grace and love so that our hearts will be renewed. When we struggle and lose our faith or hope, God will never abandon us in our depression but will always lead us and guide us until we find the truth again.


These words can also mean that the Lord strengthens our bodies when we are weak or sick. There have been many miraculous healings of those who suffered from serious illnesses or handicaps because they trusted in the Lord and He had mercy on them. Think of the story of the man who was lame since birth and was healed when Saints Peter and John had faith and told him to walk in Jesus’ name (Acts 3). God not only heals our hearts, but our bodies as well.


God will never abandon us when we need Him. He is a loving Father and knows that we cannot do anything good on our own. May we always remember the words of Isaiah and turn to God when we need Him. He will always be waiting for us.


Do you have any examples of healing that you would like to share? Whether they be spiritual healing or physical healing, we would love to hear about them in the comments!



Madeline Elyse is an eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate. As a member of a former missionary family, she has witnessed many miracles first hand and has a firm trust in God’s plans. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” is her favorite Bible verse, because it reminds her that without God, she can do nothing, but with Him can do all things. Madeline spends her free time reading (mostly children’s books and classics), writing (mainly poetry and short stories), singing (popular Christian music and Broadway), knitting (items for babies and for friends), and blogging (at God’s Little Pencil, where she hopes to see you). She believes that following God’s Will and acting on His inspiration are the two greatest things that one can do in life. She hopes you will use your talents to spread Christ’s light to others.