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But 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 AMPC
Waiting is often thought of as a very passive activity. As just sitting there…’waiting’. But waiting on the Lord is anything but passive. Trusting His ways when we don’t understand isn’t easy. Trusting God’s timing instead of going our own way takes patience and surrender. A dying to self. To the prideful flesh part of us that thinks we know better than God. That kind of waiting is intentional. It’s actually a strategy…an act of warfare against the enemy to wait on the Lord. It exalts God over our circumstances and gives the enemy no room to introduce doubt and fear to our hearts.
Waiting on God is described in the scripture as expecting, looking for and hoping in Him. That type of waiting involves an anticipation borne of the assurance that the One upon whom we wait is sure to come. We are convinced of God’s heart of love toward us. Even in the darkest of days. And so, we wait. We wait, not as those wondering and unsure. But we wait because we know the One we’re waiting on. We know His heart.
Waiting takes strength and power. And every situation requires a different type of strength. As new challenges arise, new types of strength are required to withstand the temptations to doubt God, to fear the unknown, to give in to anxiety. So we’re promised that our strength will be changed. And because waiting is required in so many circumstances, we’re also promised that our strength will be renewed. As we expect, look for and hope in God, He causes our strength and power to be customized and made new for each circumstance we face.
Emotions like fear and anxiety can cloud our judgment and drain our energy. Because when we give in to them, we end up overworking ourselves trying to fix our own problems instead of trusting God. Instead of waiting on Him. Waiting on God with hope and expectation brings us up above our circumstances. There’s a peace that comes from our assurance of our Father’s love. We get a bird’s eye view of our situation. We’re able to be far enough from the emotion of the situation to see it more clearly. God’s peace lifts us up to be able to see it as it truly is. So as we patiently wait on God in hopeful expectation of His goodness, we are strengthened to withstand life’s storms. We are guarded from becoming weary from working and striving in our own strength. There is no weariness in running to God. There is no fainting as we walk, following Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. And in His perfect timing, His unending love and His infinite wisdom, God will do, what only He can do in the midst of our waiting. The wait becomes a beautiful experience of intimacy with God because our faith grows. We are made strong in waiting. We realize that God’s love is our greatest treasure. The wait brings us to a place of joyful surrender. There is peace in the wait, safe under our God’s care. May we wait, hope, expect and look for our Father today, no matter what we face.
Love & Blessings,