2-7-21 Today’s devotion is based on Isaiah 40:29–31, He (G0d) energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles; they run and don’t get tired; they walk and don’t lag behind.” There are times in life where we may feel hopeless: Your business is struggling, and you can see no way out. Your dearest loved one is dying right before your eyes, and you are powerless to help them. Your health is failing. The pile of tasks you have to do seems impossible. Your family is fractured, despite your best efforts. The promise given in verses 29–31 is profound. What are we to do in our hopeless situations? We are to wait, to look for, to hope, to expect.’ Spend time waiting for God to turn up. Take a breather with God. If possible, go to Sunday worship, read your Bible, or pray these verses. That is where the strength comes; not in princes, powers, possessions, or politics. The strength to move forward through hardship comes from not focusing on ourselves but to focusing on God and his ultimate goodness. Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; as I sit here with your word, I wait for you. Open my eyes to see your hand in my life and circumstances. Come, Holy Spirit; breath your breath of life and power into my frail human form. Lord Jesus, raise me to life to love and serve you this day. In his holy name, I pray. Amen.