Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Strength of Waiting

You've seen it. The plaque, afghan or card picturing a soaring, majestic eagle and inscribed with pretty font the verse we have all been uplifted by:

 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)

The sad thing is, we hear it so much we lose the meaning in the beauty. If you're like me, you put the emphasis on the action. You're there in the walking, the running, the powerful wing strokes. But the waiting? I skim over the waiting. Waiting is something to avoid whenever possible, endure when I must and then dash out of with a sign of relief when it is over. But not too long ago, the Lord showed me I had it all wrong (don't you love it when the Lord messes with what you thought was settled and done? :)). When read with its fellow verses, the last stanza of Isaiah 40 reveals a different angle. 

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
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. 
(verses 28-31)

First of all, verse 28 puts the focus not on our strength, but on God's. It is the everlasting God alone Who never faints or wearies. Yet in His unsearchable understanding, He knows we do. So what does this Almighty, never fainting God do? HE gives power to the faint. HE increases might to them that have no might. Can you fathom this? A God Who has never known the helplessness of being without strength, nonetheless knows His children so intimately He Himself gives them what He has never needed. Friend, are you currently in the number of those who are without might? You are are in the exact condition to qualify for God's promise for HIS strength.

But there is more.

Verse 30 unveils the absolute frailty of the best of human strength - even the robust energy of man in his prime fails and falls. But on the contrary, those who wait on the Lord have their strength renewed. Did you catch that? It is in the waiting - the despised, loathsome waiting - that our strength is renewed. It's like a battery on its charger. No one demeans the charger because it is keeping the battery from being useful. Without the charger, the battery has no power, no life, no use. So God in His divine, loving wisdom wired us to find the very strength we desire in waiting on Him. No waiting, no running. No waiting, no strength to combat the turbulent force of the eagle's sky. 

Friend, whatever season of waiting we may find ourselves in, let's not despise it. When we have no strength let's turn to the God Who vowed to increase those who have no might. Then let us wait. Waiting is our deposit of trust that God will do what He said. That trust renews the strength God supplies. Then, then when His time has come and we are fully charged, He'll release us to walk. To run. To mount up in the wind as eagles. 

And therefore will the Lord wait,
that he may be gracious 
unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy
 upon you:
for the Lord is a God of judgment:
blessed are all they that 
wait for him. 
(Isaiah 30:18)

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  1. Wow, Kenzi! That is perfect for me right now and so well written! Thank you so much for the message and for being the messenger. Love you!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing!! God is so good and He is so faithful to give us just what we need when we need it, isn't He?! :D What a loving Father we have!!