Benefits of Waiting on God (Isaiah 40:31)
Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
A young boy went to the local store with his mother. The shop owner, a kindly man, passed him a large jar of suckers and invited him to help himself to a handful. Uncharacteristically, the boy held back. So the shop owner pulled out a handful for him. When outside, the boy's mother asked why he had suddenly been so shy and wouldn't take a handful of suckers when offered. The boy replied, "Because his hand is much bigger than mine!"
It's been said that “waiting is not just the thing we have to do until we get what we hope for. Waiting is the process of becoming what we hope for." There are things to be learned while we wait on God that can't be learned at any other time. We need to learn to trust Him despite circumstances, or to be content with what we have or don't have in light of all that He promises. These lessons, when embraced, will work in us a deeper level of trust and a greater capacity for resting in God. So, while you wait for what you hope for, allow the Lord to accomplish the things for which He hopes for you. “Quiet waiting before God would save from many a mistake and many a sorrow” —J. Hudson Taylor.
Isaiah 40:31 encourages you to wait on the Lord for strength in every stage of life. Young people need strength to soar up like an eagle. Middle-aged people need strength to run and not grow weary. In your golden years you need strength to walk and not faint. When we wait upon the Lord, we shall renew our strength. The word "renew" means "to change, to pass from one state to another, or to exchange." When we wait on God, we exchange our weakness for His strength. What we cannot do, He can. What we cannot see, He can. When we are weak, with His strength, we become strong. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” God never ceases from His care and concern for us. While He is aware of all that is said by all, and misses absolutely nothing, He especially tunes in to His children. He has a heart for the cries of our hearts. He is the God Who hears and answers our prayers. May you sense His great love for and pure interest in you today.
Even young men in the prime of life become tired, weary, and fall. As children of the Lord, if we will wait upon Him, He has promised to restore our strength. The word wait, carries the idea to ‘trust the Lord and then wait for Him to act.’ Implied is that we are resting and relying upon Him. As we trust Him, rest upon Him, and then wait upon Him, He will renew our strength. That was true then. It is true to this day. We are to trust Him, rely upon Him, and then wait upon Him to act. As we do, He has promised to renew our strength. The promise, without doubt, applies to spiritual strength. But it also likely applies to emotional strength, mental strength, and even physical strength. Waiting upon Him is trusting Him which is faith. Blessed are they that trust in Him! “Simply wait on him. So doing, we shall be directed, supplied, protected, corrected, and rewarded”—Vance Havner.
The most muscular and mighty men may faint under strain and utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall:
1. Renew their strength.
2. Mount up with wings as eagles.
3. Run and not be weary.
4. Walk and not faint.
I don't know your hearts today. You may be weary. You may be tired. You may feel like you have had about all you can stand, and you may wonder if anything else could happen. You may have said, “I don't see how I can stand one thing more.” You are in the walking stage, and if you wait on the LORD, you will not faint, for He is able to renew your strength, and He is able to give power to him who has no might. This is our God. Look at Him. Enjoy Him, and recognize Him as your own.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to have the wisdom to learn to trust You and wait for Your timing. Give me peace during my season of affliction. Lord, I choose to trust You and wait for You to act. Please give me rest and peace, In Jesus name, Amen.
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