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.
The Hebrew Lexicon describes waiting as:
To wait, look for, hope, expect, to wait or look eagerly for
Waiting is something that most of us don’t like to do. We have microwaves and fast food and drive up windows. We use high speed internet to reduce download time, and computer banking so we don’t have to stand in line. We map out our lives, work hard so we can buy more, and have high expectations of ourselves and others. But time and again things don’t go according to our schedule. God asks us to wait. Waiting is a part of life.
So the question becomes: How am I going to wait?
Am I eagerly looking for, hoping, and expecting good things from the Lord? Am I giving thanks for what He is going to do in my life? Will I choose to praise and serve and trust Him as I focus on today? Will I allow my strength to be renewed as I turn my eyes towards Him?
Or will I grumble and complain? Will I waste time worrying and fretting or being angry? Will I turn my gaze impatiently towards the future instead of living and loving and serving others this very day?
It is likely that there is something you are waiting for right now:
*For life to become easier for a child who is struggling.
*For that child to begin making better choices.
*A family member who doesn’t believe in God.
*Someone step up and help you at the job you have.
*A husband or a wife.
*More free time.
*A bigger house.
*The pain of loss to lessen.
*A healing of disease in your body.
No matter what it is we are waiting for, it is up to us.
How will we choose to wait?
Reflecting On God’s Word
Take a moment and reflect.
Has waiting caused you to draw closer to God, talking to Him about your pain and struggles, and releasing them to Him? Or has it caused you to turn from Him in hopelessness? Is waiting causing you to store up bitterness and resentment? Or is it strengthening your patience and perseverance and character? We do have a choice. Let us determine this day to wait well.
Lord, I thank You that your timing is perfect. Help me to trust in You as I wait. Forgive me Lord, for the times I have grumbled and pulled away from You in disappointment. Instead Lord, I choose to rest in peace as you work out Your plan for my life. Lord, help me not to waste even a moment in self-pity, or anger, or disobedience. Instead Lord, may I serve you with a grateful heart, as I remember Your Love for me.
2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (KJV)
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait , and in his word do I hope .
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.