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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.
How often do I jump ahead of the Lord and don’t wait for His leading? I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve done that quite a few times… but I’m learning 🙂
Today’s Bible verse is such a popular one and is quoted by so many preachers in their messages. But have you ever sat down and picked it apart? Whew! Noah Webster defines the word “wait” as:
1. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the arrival of some person or event. Thus we say, I went to the place of meeting, and there waited an hour for the moderator or chairman. I will go to the hotel, and there wait till you come. We will wait for the mail.
When we wait on God’s answer to prayer, we are to rest in expectation of an answer. Yes, we can expect an answer from Him! It may not be what we want to hear but it will be answered 🙂 I love the rest of the definition … “till the arrival of some person”! I long for the day that Jesus will come take us up at the Rapture and we are finally finished with our earthly bodies. So many weary Christians are sick with debilitating illnesses and can’t wait to receive their new bodies! 🙂
What would we do without the Lord in our lives, dear lady? Look at Corrie Ten Boom! Wow, if anyone should have been weary, it was her! I wonder if today’s Bible verse went through her mind a time or two? 🙂 But notice that when we wait on the Lord to work in a situation, He renews our strength! Yes, we’ll get weary – yes, we’ll get discouraged. But God promises that He will give us strength exactly when we need it. Those ever impossible situations will open up into “do-able” ones because the Lord has given us wings as eagles and promises that we will be able to run! That tells me that the lost family member is not a hopeless situation. If I stay faithful, and remain centered in Christ, no matter how hopeless it appears, I will get the strength I need to move ahead!!!
This lady is now going to be a “lady in waiting” when it comes to trusting Him with the outcome of all things in my life!! 🙂 How about you?