31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Isaiah 40:31 AMP
One of the things I struggle most with in my Christian walk is waiting. I’m sure I’m not alone as I often listen to other Christians admit that waiting is an area in their lives that continues to battle with as well. Certainly there is within us a dichotomy that floats to the surface at many times in our walk. On the one hand we have been raised or trained to take proactive and reactive measures when things come up in our lives with instructions such as “take control of your life”, “get the job you want”, “be assertive”, and so on. We live in a society that tells us that our lives are in our own hands and that we can have whatever we want in this life if we do certain things. However, on the other hand our faith tells us to depend and trust in God (oh, yes, we still have things WE must do) and allow Him to guide our lives according to His will for us. So, with these two seemingly opposing arguments we come to a crossroad many times in our walk. It may seem to us that taking matters into our own hands will give us what we want faster, because we may feel God is taking too long and our problem or circumstances are piling up! So why should we wait for the Lord?
There are some key words in this scripture that say it all! Why should we wait? Strength, power, weary, faint and tired – are the words that glare at me from the page! Those who wait for the Lord (expect, look for, and hope in Him!) shall change and renew their strength and power! How many times have we done it on our own, went in to solve our own dilemmas – only to end up exhausted, depressed, oppressed and suppressed? When all the while had we chosen to expect (God WILL deliver), look for (seek after Him, praise Him, worship Him) and hope in Him (He will not let us down – we can trust Him), our strength would be renewed, our power over the situation would be solidified! When we wait we will draw near to God as eagles gliding up to the sun – He will feel present and approachable! How many times have we tried it on our own only to feel that God is far from us?
Waiting also allows us to continue to run in this Christian race and not be weary – we don’t have to be beat up by our issues – we can continue in our walk without being faint on tired – ONLY if we wait!
Waiting takes a bit of patience and admittedly we run out of patience from time to time. But the reward for our wait is far greater than the time it takes to wait. Why wait? Because God knows what He’s doing and He has your best interest at heart. You either believe it or you don’t!
c/2008 Candie A. Price