Isaiah 40:31 —– But those who wait on 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.
I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? Waiting is hard work and, at times, can even test our faith. It’s especially difficult when there are no guarantees that our waiting will ever end in this lifetime.
Desires we long for, prayers we’ve been praying and news we are waiting to hear can tempt us to be impatient, discouraged, to worry, and even to wonder if God really cares.
Perhaps this is why the Bible talks so much about waiting. God wants us to know that waiting is not a passive activity. Waiting helps us to cultivate patience, perseverance, and endurance and draws us closer to our Saviour.
Those that wait on the Lord trust in Him. To trust God means to be committed to Him. Committed person remains committed even though they may not see any result. They stick to God no matter what happens. They are the ones who will experience divine strength.
Most of the time instead of committing ourselves to God we want to see the result before giving our full commitment. We must ask ourselves “Am I truly committed to God? If we are committed, then we move ahead in life not on our own strength, but on God’s. In the Bible, each and every great man or woman we read about was totally committed to God.
Our commitment to God brings blessings to us through strangers. God took me to Ireland to preach the Word. Their people who found it difficult to sit through the entire mass willingly sat through the entire retreat, liked what they heard of God’s Word and were hungry for more in the following month. They saw and experienced the Word of God and the Glory of God. They requested me to come again. But I had travelled on a tourist visa. Seeing the people’s eagerness and hunger for the Word of God a stranger came forward and helped me get a business visa and thus facilitated my entry into the country on a regular basis. Now I can enter the country as many times as I want.
In that country, people earn salaries beyond my imagination but that does not teach them how to manage their life. Only the Word of God can show us how to manage our family, our finance, our relationships, our health and our relationship with God.
We can wait for the Lord knowing that, no matter how dark the night is, His light will break through in our lives, bringing abundant joy through a patient relationship with Christ.
Quite honestly, most people are quick to “write someone off”. But our God is a God of the second chance. Learn from One who is patient with you, and you’ll learn to be patient with others.