Everyone who likes to wait, raise your hand. As humans, it is difficult to wait, or at least it is for me. Heading into 2019, I asked the Lord for a verse for CMB and He brought me to Isaiah 40:31: “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.”
As a believer, I’ve heard this verse countless times. Life can be incredibly weary and really none of us can avoid it. Whatever our challenges may be, only God can give us the strength to face it and rise above it. It says in Isaiah 40:29 that, “…the Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” God does promise that if we will slow down and wait for Him, He will strengthen us.
But when the Lord brought me to this verse recently, it was the waiting part that jumped off the page. I have a tendency to run ahead of God. I just want to get to where I need to be.
We have some big initiatives this year, and I am learning more every day about waiting on Him to guide us to where He wants us to go. During the waiting, we have two choices: bemoan the fact that we have to wait OR lean into the Lord with total dependency on Him to carry us through. It’s in during the waiting that God refines us…just like He did Abraham, Moses, Esther, and many other heroes of the faith.
A.W. Tozer said: “The faith of Christ offers no buttons to push for quick service. [The believer] must wait for the Lord’s own time, and that is too much for the man in a hurry.”
I need this constant reminder that my strength is renewed when I wait upon the Lord. His purpose and timing are perfect.
With the start of a new year, join me in a paradigm reset. Instead of saying, “Why do I have to wait?” say, “What is the Lord teaching me during the waiting?”
Executive Director – CMB