A Truly Soaring Bible Passage!

Posted on October 21, 2021


By David Ettinger

This is one of those Bible passages rich in physical imagery, but predominantly spiritual in meaning.

It was used to great effect in one of my favorite movies, Chariots of Fire, and as I get older, I cherish it more and more.

So without further ado, I present to you Isaiah 40:28:31:

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 unsearchable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to the one 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.

This passage obviously is speaking in spiritual terms, and how uplifting it is! Between growing physical ailments, emotional upheavals, and the ever-decreasing state of the world, it is easy to drift into depression and melancholy.

But this soaring passage tells me that our Creator God never succumbs to that which man succumbs. God succumbs to nothing!

This soaring passage tells me that though humans struggle, fail, fall, and grow faint, God never does. And not only does He never struggle, fail, fall, and grow faint, but He has the power to lift our spirits when we struggle, fail, fall, and grow faint.

This soaring passage tells me that though one day I may feel down in the dumps, the next day I can feel exultant as the Lord enables me.

This soaring passage tells me that if I am patient in my difficulties, waiting for the Lord to deliver me, He will do so, and in such a way that I will feel as if I am flying high in the sky.

This soaring passage tells me that though I become physically weaker as I age, spiritually I am always getting stronger (see 2 Corinthians 4:16). Though I may grow wearier as I physically walk longer distances, my walk with the Lord will always flourish so long as I abide in Him.

I love Isaiah 40:28-31. A soaring passage indeed!