Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wait Upon the LORD

“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.”  (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

Wait.  Wait.  Wait.  I take much comfort in the verse from Isaiah (see above).  It seems to me that if we wait and are still, God is able to work in us much better than if we try to “help” Him.  After all, we know that when we’re physically tired we must rest—be still—to regain our strength.  The same can be said for our spiritual strength.  By being still both physically and spiritually, God can work within us; bring the healing that we most need.  It is when we get our strength from God that we can find that energy and strength to fly like an eagle and run the race to completion without wearing out. 

One definition of the word wait states this: “To rest in expectation and patience” (see here).  This definition seems to fit how “wait” is used in the verse from Isaiah—waiting on the LORD renews our strength.  Therefore, during seasons of waiting, we can rest with expectation and patience that God is working things out in places and realms that we can’t see.  God’s plans are far greater than ours.    

What things are you waiting for or to happen?

  A new ministry opportunity

·         Salvation of a loved one

·         A new job

·         A house to buy or sell?

·         A husband/wife? 

  Being accepted into the college/university or a specialized program of your dreams?  

As difficult as periods of waiting can be (I’m in an extended season of waiting), in the end we’ll find the wait worth it.  It’s when you or I get ahead of the Lord that we get in trouble and find that rest really doesn't happen.  Learning to wait doesn't happen overnight—it’s a slow process.  Thankfully our Lord is patient with us and gives us many chances to get things correct.        

Dear Heavenly Father, how we long for meaningful rest; how we long to be renewed.  Our spirits cry out for this—to be able to get through this life without fainting.  Help us to rest in you while we wait—particularly when we find ourselves in extended periods of waiting.  We know that without you, Father, none of this is possible. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

From my heart to yours,



  1. Waiting . . . I have learned, sometimes the hard way, that God's timing is everything. I love how you compared the waiting of our spiritual lives to the need for rest in our physical ones. So true!
    Blessings, Kim!

  2. Martha,

    Thanks for your comments and for stopping by. I'm glad my comparison worked. Waiting is a challenge!



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