Isaiah 40:31 – Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
Waiting can be one of the most difficult areas of life. I admit that I am not a good waiter. I want to know now. I want to get the job done. I want to resolve the problem sooner than later. Learning to dial down and just simply wait on the Lord will produce great benefits. As we learn to wait on the Lord we will become sensitive to His timing. As we wait upon the Lord, we will receive greater knowledge to accomplish the task before us. As we wait upon the Lord, less of our energy is required and more of His life is received.
Waiting does not mean just standing around with nothing to do. Life in Christ is a dynamic relationship. A life of prayer, studying God’s Word, and sharing one’s faith is a full time activity. Waiting means to be watching for opportunities to serve Christ and His purposes. I am asking the Lord to help me learn to wait on Him throughout the day. The other day I needed a little fuel for a project. I went to two nearby stations, neither sold diesel. I then went to one a little farther away. As I was pumping the fuel, a man came up to me. He was cordial and I knew he needed money. He told me of his need and showed me a severe physical problem. I knew it was a God moment. I prayed for him and then gave him a little money. I am waiting on the Lord for revival, but here was an opportunity to share God’s love and perhaps be used to start a revival in this man’s life.
Isaiah says that waiting will produce strength. I see many people that look older than their age. Their strength has faded. God’s people who wait upon Him seem to age much better. Isaiah also declares that those who wait on the Lord will soar like an eagle. The eagle allows the currents to move it along. It is not stressed over food or nesting. It keeps its eyes open, looking for the prize. When we allow the current of the breath of God to carry us, there is a rest we experience. Stress is set aside and new energy is given to us. It is the energy of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah further encourages us when he says, they will run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. When I ran cross country in my high school days, I experienced what was known as “the second wind.” After the first mile, a new energy would begin to fill your body. You established a stride and breathing becomes easier. As one learns to run and walk in God, the same results take place. Rather than hard labor you enter into a stride, a place of resting in His strength. Finally, Isaiah asks the Lord to teach him to wait. Waiting is not automatic. We must learn how to wait on the Lord. Waiting is found in one’s intimacy with the Father. In other words, it is time spent in His presence.
Father, teach me to wait upon You. I choose to spend time in Your presence. I ask for Your strength to fill my life in order to do Your will throughout my days.