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Waiting on the Lord

Posted by Cinda On February - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

WAITING ON THE LORD

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,  They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

I’ve often wondered what this well-known passage of Scripture really means. Is it some kind of tribute to perseverance and patience? Just hang in there a little longer and you’ll be flying in no time? I’ll be honest, as a young mother I’ve often read this passage and wondered why, although faithfully waiting for God, I’m still so exhausted. I’ve been weary and fainting and even a wee bit bitter about a promise that seems to go unfulfilled.

womandaughterI was recently rereading this passage when it occurred to me that I didn’t have a right understanding of what it means to wait on the Lord. The cross-reference for the word “wait” in verse 31 is Isaiah 30:15, which reads, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”  These words were spoken by the prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah when the Assyrians were threatening to destroy Jerusalem. In the midst of terror and impending doom, Isaiah tells Hezekiah to rest, return to the Lord, be quiet and have confidence in God. Not exactly my first response to adversity, but exactly the response God wants. Author Jerry Bridges writes in his book, Trusting God, “Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us.”

Returning to the Lord and resting in Him, quieting our souls before Him and knowing Him well enough to have confidence in His strength.  These things all speak of an intimate relationship with Jesus, of knowing him deeply enough to trust him. Isaiah 40:31 isn’t guaranteeing some kind of supernatural energy or physical renewal, but the peace of spirit, the quiet assurance and victory that come from walking with Christ, moment by moment, day by day.

 Author: Kirsten
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