Jesus Is The One Who Gives Power To The Faint
Today the Holy Ghost would have you to "remember the Lord." Remember His goodness and mercy. Remember His strength. Remember that He never "faints." Hence, you need never "faint" in prayer, while undergoing chastisement, or when you are in service for Him.
Isaiah 40:29 says of the Lord God - "He giveth power to the faint..." Do you feel as though you are "fainting" right now? Are you despairing, dissatisfied, or discouraged? Do you feel as though you are ready to "faint" under your afflictions...because you have not experienced immediate deliverance...your prayers have not been answered at once...or the promises of God have not been fulfilled as expected? If so, don't look to another man for help. And certainly do not look to yourself or to your own resources. Look to the Lord. Place your trust and confidence in Him alone. He will give you fresh supplies of spiritual strength...strengthen your faith... and enlarge your views. His breath will revive your soul, and His grace will lift up your head. To the joyless, He gives gladness... to the halfhearted, He gives strength...and to the fainthearted, He gives courage to move ahead for Him.
Are you experiencing a deep silence from the Throne at this time? Have you come face-to-face with disappointing expectations? Luke 18:1 encourages you - "always to pray, and not to faint." Don't grow weary though your prayer seems not to be answered...don't turn coward or lose heart...and don't behave badly or give in to evil. Don't "faint" by reason of your afflictions, temptations, desertions, or delays in answered prayer. Continue in faith of the promise of God. Trust and believe that it shall certainly be accomplished.
Are you feeling distressed while undergoing the chastisement of the Lord? Do you feel as though you are sinking under the reproofs and strokes of the Divine displeasure? Has the Lord sent His rebuke to you via His word, Spirit, ministers, or providential afflictions? Hebrews 12:5 says - "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him." The Scripture encourages you to not allow your trial to overwhelm you...to not fret or repine under it...but bear up under it with faith and gladness.
Have you been tempted lately to "faint" - grow weary, grow tired, or give up all effort - while performing your Christian duties? Have the changes in your circumstances, the worldly losses, or the ungratefulness of some caused you to relax your morals and give in to evil? Galatians 6:9 says - "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." You are to hold out faithful to the end. There is coming a proper time - God's own time - when you will "reap" - receive the full reward of your self-denials and righteous character.
Many ministers are tempted to grow weary from their labors. They become "faint" from their toils...perplexing oppositions...or troubles suffered on account of their stand for righteousness. They end up relaxing their zeal or giving over from exhaustion. Does this sound like you? Have you been hindered in your work...stopped altogether...or turned back to the world because of some daunting circumstance? In Revelation 2:3, the Lord Jesus mentioned those who - "...have borne, and have patience, and for My name's sake have labored, and have not fainted." God has available for you today His staying power - His grace of patience - the power to endure and not to "faint."
In 2 Corinthians 4:1, the Apostle Paul referred to those in the ministry who would be tempted to "faint" - to allow the difficulties or dangers to dishearten them. He said - "Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not" - sink in our spirits or give out or in to evil. Paul encouraged all ministers to not allow the reproaches, persecutions, tribulations, or difficulties involved to turn them into a coward...become fainthearted, timid, or vacillating...or even act wickedly. On the contrary, he stirred them to tap into the "mercy" and grace of God given at their calling - such mercy and grace which in turn would enable them to be faithful and laborious...keep up their courage and aggression...and always remain cheerful, constant, and sincere in their work. Resultantly, their motto would be - "Onward! Onward! Onward!"
When tempted to give up or to give in to the devil's evil suggestions to quit or loosen up your holy standards, it is implied in Jonah 2:7 what to do at the moment. This verse of Scripture says of the Prophet when he found himself in the belly of the whale - "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple." Here he was covered with grief and overwhelmed with sorrow - under a sense of the wrath and displeasure of God - feeling forsaken by Him. What did he do? He "remembered the LORD."
David expressed the same sentiments in Psalm 27:13 when he was undergoing numerous, mighty, and formidable enemies who were out to destroy him. He "remembered the LORD" and His "goodness" - "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." What kept him from "fainting" under his afflictions was the reflection of God's past merciful interventions and deliverances in his life.
Have your troubles become grievous and tedious? Is your spirit overwhelmed because the expectations of blessings...the fulfillment of promises...or the answers to prayer have been long delayed? Then do as Jonah and David did - "Remember the LORD." Believe that in due season you will yet see and enjoy the tokens of His favor and goodness. He will make you strong - with His grace and power - to meet your dangers, difficulties, temptations, and afflictions.
"Remember the LORD."
"Remember" what the Prophet Isaiah said about your God - "...the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, nether is weary..." (Isaiah 40:28). He cannot and will not ever be fatigued. He will never be exhausted in His powers. He is wholly free from whatever is weak or defective. It is impossible for Him to be unmindful of your necessities or sorrows.
He "fainteth not..."
Though you feel like "fainting," He never will!
In fact, it is one of His chief attributes to "give power to the faint."
If you will simply trust Him today with your problem, He will invigorate your heart... confirm your faith...and raise your affections above this world. He will also give you the strength to bear your trials without complaining...engage in fatiguing duty without fainting... and rise above your plight in peace and hope.
Lastly, you will find a supernatural strength that will enable you to "walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:30).
May God Bless His Word.