Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Isaiah 40:21-31 & I Corinthians 9:16-23
When you are weary, you need an energy boost. When you feel weak, you need an infusion of strength. Who hasn’t felt the weariness of the days in which we live? Who hasn’t felt weakened physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually by the times in which we are living? These days of political, social, and racial unrest exacerbated by the pandemic, and the mixed messages we receive, make us weary and weakened. This is certainly not a comfortable place for Americans. We don’t like being reminded of our weakness!
But this week’s texts are telling us the benefit of being weary and weak is to have the gift of the Lord’s strength and the increase of his power active in our lives. Isaiah 40 reminds us of this dynamic; God exchanges his power and strength for our weariness and weakness. But how does God make this exchange? He does it through Jesus Christ who became weak so that we might be made strong. He took on our weariness so that we could have his strength. We need his strength to accomplish his work in these days. We feel weary and weak when facing the consequences of the coronavirus, political wrangling, and racial tensions. Yet our weariness and weakness is the opportunity to experience the infusion of the Lord’s mighty power. So, we learn to make friends with them. But why embrace these tiresome twins? 1 Corinthians 9 answers this with the dual end of saving people and sharing in the blessings of the gospel. This sermon’s point is to teach us not to despise being weak nor blame those who are weak, but to know that the Lord is the power of those who are weak and the strength to those who are weary.