“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 40:31
Throughout Scripture, God gave his people the strength they needed to both sustain them through circumstances and achieve indisputable victory over their enemies. We read examples like David defeating Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, Samson defeating the Philistines in Judges 15, and the disciples receiving the promise of the father in Acts 2. Truly, God has promised his people not only to give them his strength but to be their strength. The Bible in our text today tells us of a principle for receiving and experiencing God’s strength. Let’s look today at the practice of waiting on God for the purpose of experiencing the strength and endurance God has promised us.
Waiting is a practice that seems counterproductive to most of us. In a world where those who act sooner and faster seem to be more successful, the ideas of patience and waiting don’t seem to have a place. But the wisdom of the world is not the wisdom of God. David was a man who was wise in the ways of experiencing God’s promises. He shares with us his insight into receiving God’s strength in Psalm 33:20-22: “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” God longs to shield you from the attacks of your enemy. He longs to protect you from what would tear you down. But like a shield, he can only protect you if you are willing to stay behind Him. He can only help you if you are willing to be helped. You must wait on Him. You must allow him to go before you and guide you.
David also gives us insight in Psalm 33 on how he was able to so effectively wait on God. He says, “For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.” You will only be able to wait on God to the level that you trust Him. Look at your own life today. Where do you struggle with running out in front of God? Where do you have a hard time waiting? Where do you lack patience? Trust isn’t simply a matter of the head, but of the heart. To be able to actively trust God, you have to believe he truly has your best interests in mind while you wait. it is this trust whilst waiting that triggers the divine suddenly. You have to believe in your heart that he isn’t asking you to wait just to stress you out, but because he has something better for you in store. Those who wait don’t waste!
I Declare: I decree and declare my strength is RENEWED because I WAIT on the Lord. I soar higher as with eagles’ wings; when I run, I don’t grow weary, when I walk I won’t get tired!
Ignite Thought: Before God moves suddenly, we would have to wait patiently!