Renewed Strength in Hope for the Lord
Are you in demand for Renewed Strength? Of course, your leadership responsibilities bring with them the risk of burnout. The constant stream of problems to solve and resources to stretch can be draining and exhausting.
But, the formula is quite simple. For example, if more energy is expended than is renewed, strength is depleted. When you experience seasons where you feel worn down, overstretched or overwhelmed, be encouraged by these words of Isaiah.
In reality, have you ever needed supernatural and renewed strength to face a situation head-on, but not known what to pray? God is waiting and wants to offer us strength in time of need. Do not be afraid to pray and ask God for His strength to fall upon you! For one thing, when you are weak, weary or unready to stand, and unsure of what to ask, believe me, there is renewed strength through prayers and hope in the Lord!
Renewed Strength through the Word of God
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 will not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31
It is easy for us to live victoriously for the Lord when we soar on the wings of eagles. It can be exciting when we run and don’t grow weary in the work of the Lord, buoyed by his power and presence.
But it often takes heroes to keep walking and not faint when trying times come. Keep on walking brother and sister. The Lord is there when you most fear he has forgotten you!
Above all, dependence on the Lord is key to staying strong, not in our own strength but in His. Many leaders fall into the trap of trying to “make things happen”. I know this trap very well from my own failures in this area.
Much of this tendency can be attributed to personality and temperament types. The driven leader can create burnout scenarios not only for themselves but for everyone on their team.
The Revelation of the Renewed Strength
Note that Isaiah says “even youths will become weak and tired”. Burnout is for everyone! If you don’t plan to regularly “renew your strength”, you are likely putting yourself at risk for burnout. No one is exempt. Leadership responsibility tends to be draining because the toughest problems and challenges always rise to the top.
As a Christian leader, you must learn the discipline of saying “no”. Find other leaders who understand this need for creating margin and hold each other accountable. Quiet time and prayer are essential in renewing your strength in the Lord.
It takes humility to admit we can’t do it all in our own strength. Remember, pride comes before a fall. We must learn to humbly acknowledge our own weakness and admit our need for God to strengthen us.
Relationship of the Soaring Eagle Strength
As an example, let’s consider the imagery of a soaring eagle and the renewed strength inspiration. If you love traveling, for instance in Kenyan lakesides, there you can watch eagles soar overhead with great majesty and little effort.
The eagles glide on outstretched wings lifted by the wind currents and propelled by simple maneuvers that allow them to dip and rise with ease. Isaiah says we can soar like that too! We just need to rely on the strength of the Lord to lift us and propel us. In short, we need to stop flapping and start soaring.
Be thoughtful today about relying on the Lord’s Renewed Strength. Admit you need His strength and then simply ask Him to lift you to new heights today. Soaring leaders are an inspiration to others because they represent the majesty of God’s strength in their lives and leadership.