“But they who wait for 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 do not know anyone who enjoys waiting. We head for the shortest checkout line, the lane with the least traffic, and are thrilled when a doctor’s visit requires no time in the waiting room. In our culture, waiting feels like wasting time and energy.
But in the key verse above, we see that waiting on the Lord is good for us. Look closely at this special promise. Waiting on the Lord brings renewal…perspective…strength…endurance. Wow, is that ever a list of qualities we need!
So here is a biblical application for today. Embrace the opportunity to wait on the Lord. Be thankful for prayers yet unanswered. Be glad for opportunities to seek God's perspective on a personal challenge that is not working out as you hoped. See a waiting time as a chance to grow stronger and more mature, rather than an irritating delay in life’s plans. Remember that our spiritual life requires endurance; God is preparing us for future decades, not just days.
This biblical perspective on waiting is very counter-cultural. Today is a great day to embrace waiting in our walk with the Lord.
Question: How good am I at waiting?
Challenge: Good waiting takes practice. Look for opportunities to practice it today, especially the practice of waiting on the Lord. Ask His help to be counter-cultural.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess I am often in a hurry. Forgive my rush and open my eyes to Your work in my life as I travel each day with you.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks