Walking can be defined as “an act of travelling or an outing on foot; moving at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once; etc”. Fainting is “a sudden loss of consciousness; loss consciousness for a short time because of a temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain; feeling weak and dizzy and close to losing consciousness; etc”.
Walking is greatly beneficial to the body; though it is a less strenuous exercise; yet it is still possible to induce fainting. Fainting while walking may be as a result of many factors: the physiology of the person in question; the length of the distance walked; the gradient of the terrain; the type of soil walked upon; the prevailing weather at the time; the dietary intakes of the person preceding the walk; rest time is been observed or not; the age of the person; etc.
In Isaiah 40: 30-31, the bible makes us to know that even though youth do grow weary and get tired; and also strong men do stumble and fall badly; but those that wait upon God shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be wearied; and they will walk and not faint.
In Gen. 11: 31-32, Abraham took few of his family members and travelled to Canaan at the instruction of God, which must have been hundreds of miles in the desert. At that time, Abraham was already 75 years of age and his wife 65 years. It must have been a difficult journey for them. His father died along the way in Haran; and his nephew (Lot) later separated from him in Canaan.
After Lot separated from Abraham, God asked Abraham to take a walk through the length and breadth of the land of Canaan; to view, appreciate and claim ownership of the expanse of the whole land that God had given him and his descendants (Gen. 13: 14-18). Abraham at this time could have been more than 80 years; he was still able to walk the length and breadth of Canaan without fainting! It must have been the power of God that renewed his strength to do so, with the varied kinds of terrain that exist in Israel.
In Isaiah 40:31, that scripture again gives us three kinds of motion a believer can experience: mounting up with wings as eagles; running and not wearied; and walking and not fainting. In the life of us believers, there are times we may be in a state of ‘flying’; there are other times we may be in a state of ‘running’; and at other times we may be in a state of ‘walking’. What is most important though is that we keep moving and not stop, until the seasons of running and flying resume again.
The Lord God has promised us in Everlasting Father’s Assembly that despite the prevailing circumstance around us at this time; He will help us to keep walking without fainting. May this be our portion in Jesus name.