“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
“Even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.” Isaiah 46:4
“You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Matthew 5:14,16; Galatians 6:9
In the course of a day, lovely blooms wilt, fresh grass withers, fresh bananas grow spots, but if God can radiate out of the eastern sky at sunset, He can blaze the joy and freshness and expectancy￼ of morning in our every hour, even as evening draws nigh. When the hustle and stresses of the day come to a close, when focus and energy wane, when light grows dim and songs come to their finale, when age takes its toll, we can still shine. Christ in us, our hope of glory, never diminishes in His radiance or sustaining power. He is near and unchanging; the bright morning star never ceases to shine. (Isaiah 40:8; Colossians 1:27; Revelation 22:16)
How easy it is, when we are tired, to make mistakes, to say things we wish we could retrieve, to make hasty decisions (that have lasting impact) with impatience and without keen thought. We can grow sloppy in our love, huffy in our attitude, irritable in our speech, and selfish in our bent. We make excuses that it is late, we are tired, we are depleted, yet every waking moment, yielded and lived unto the Lord, can glorify Him and build up His kingdom.
Are there late-in-the-day triggers where I know I need to exercise extra caution? Does my fatigue remind me to adjust my filter and fasten the guard on my tongue? Would I be careful simply not to speak, rather than to blurt without thought, not to make big commitments that could become missteps, or cannot be kept?￼ Would we surrender our crabby to His grace, our all-about-me to His selfless love? (Psalm 141:3-4; Ecclesiastes 5:4-5; Matthew 5:37)
Would we renew and fortify ourselves with God’s living, sustaining word? Will we sing refrains of His fresh mercies and solid promises? Can we intentionally see and seize in every moment an opportunity? (Psalm 119:11; Isaiah 50:4; Lamentations 3:22-23; Ephesians 5:15-18)
Lord on high, You who rule the beginning and the end, the morning and the evening, lift Your countenance upon me and rule all my moments. When shadows fall, blaze forth Your glorious light, and when I am weak, Your strength, that no matter the time or my age, You are exalted.