This could mean different things in different situations; to a hungry man, food will do while to a tired and weary traveller probably a warm bath hot meal and good sleep or rest will work wonders.
Sometimes a good chat to a friend might also do the job, and help to rebuild failing morale. To a sick person, there’ll definitely be a need for a more prolonged care depending on the type of illness.
To the Israelites in the wilderness, they moved from place to place, sometimes simply going round in circles, no serious sign of progress, they ate the same food, wore the same clothing and the same shoes. I can imagine that must be kind of depressing, if you disagree, you may want to try it for a month. All through this time, though they hadn’t arrived at their destination, they never stopped multiplying. They kept growing from strength to strength.
The angel woke up the prophet the second time and said to him ‘Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.’(1Kings 19:7). Before now the prophet had been valiant for the Lord, confronted the whole nation of Israel all alone, destroyed some four hundred prophets of Baal and also caused it to rain again after it hadn’t rained for about three and half years. Then he had to outrun the king’s chariot into the city. Same day there was a real threat on his life; he had to flee the city immediately. At one point he even became suicidal asking God to kill him. The angel fed him twice and allowed him time to sleep and renew his strength because of the great journey ahead of him.
To a farmland sometimes renewed strength means leaving it to fallow. During this period the land is not cultivated at all, it’s probably overgrown with all sort of weeds. No beauty at all, just wild. If the land could speak, at this time it would probably complain of abandonment. On the outside it looks like nothing is happening but on the inside strength is being renewed.
There are many other similar examples of strength renewal all through the Scriptures, the last and not the least for this discussion is from the master himself, he said “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:1&2). The process of pruning is not strange in any way to fruit famers; this process is usually carried out during the months of winter. A time when neither growth nor life is obvious in the plant, it takes a good famer to know what to do, how to cut, what branches to cut and when, no wonder God does it Himself.
Pruning does a few things for the plant, helps to keep the tree balance, produce new stalks and eventually more fruits in the following season. New strength for the new season but again if trees could talk when the blades were cutting-in, it would probably shout out a protest. We can go on and on and talk about animals in hibernation, and old eagles hiding in the crevices of the high rocks for nearly half a year to rejuvenate.
In Conclusion, if you thought the year had been sluggish, quiet or a bit uneventful, perhaps it’s because your strength was being renewed Thanks to God for this year of renewed strength; but hey! Since our strength has been renewed this year i can only imagine what next year will be like, can’t wait to soar.