I first heard this poem from a radio message by Ravi Zacharias titled "Is There Not a Cost?" I was so encouraged and scared at the same time that I searched for it in the web. I repost it here for I know it will help a lot of suffering Christians undergoing various trials.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine shared one of her favorite verses to me when I texted her about my troubles: Isaiah 40:31. I was encouraged by that. Now, in the midst of my current personal problems, I revisited that verse and went backwards seeking how is it that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
A prophecy of comfort
Isaiah 40 is a message of God for His people who are exiled into Babylon. It speaks of the forgiveness of God (v.2), and the coming of God Himself for which repentance is needed (vv. 3-5), as fulfilled with the coming of Christ as heralded by John the Baptist. It is meant to comfort them in their troubles. But how is the message comforting?