Posted by: Heather | March 16, 2010

Waiting for Strength

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.

Waiting…oh how we hate to do it!  Whether it’s being in line, traffic, or waiting for something like test results, it’s often an exercise in boredom and futility.  As a culture that loves instant gratification so much, waiting is like the ‘thorn in our side’.  We hate it, and usually don’t react very well when we have to do it.   It implies a time of idleness during which we can do nothing to help.

I often hear people say, “I’m just waiting on the Lord.”  It’s a good thing to wait on Him.  But, we should also realize that an idle time of waiting is not at all what this scripture is speaking of.

‘Wait’ in the above passage is not an idle passing of time.  The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is qawah (pronounced kah vah’).  It means to twist together.   Consider one thread alone.  It breaks very easily…almost without effort.  But, the more threads you twist together, the stronger the bond becomes.  It’s just like a rope.  One cord doesn’t have strength alone, but in the twisting of several cords, there is strength to withstand much more stress than you ever thought possible.

This is exactly the picture in Isaiah of waiting upon the Lord.  Waiting passively for God to do something is not what He desires.  When we feel weak, and ready to faint, then is the time to bind ourselves to Him and begin intertwining ourselves with Him, by prayer and the Word.  Then strength begins to be restored.

Renew means ‘to cause to revive, or sprout forth (as a tree, to produce new buds or leaves)’.  It also means to gain new strength.  Not only will ‘twisting’ ourselves with the Lord bring us new strength, but it will also help us begin to be fruitful again.  Often, in a time of waiting for God to do something in our lives, we feel very dry spiritually.  He will bring us into a new season of fruitfulness and personal revival when we ‘wait’ on Him.

So, during times of distress, we should remember to bind ourselves to God, and intertwine ourselves with Him.  In Him, we have much more strength than we realize.   Without Him, we are a thread standing alone…that will most certainly be broken.  As we learn to biblically wait, we will become like the eagle.  An eagle soars at incredible heights, making it less vulnerable to attack.  Soaring conserves its strength, and allows it to fly high above anything that might try to ground it.  May we learn to soar like the eagle by waiting on the Lord!

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