Grace For The Journey
In the previous blog, we took a look at the testimony of thirst. Today we will focus on the witness of waiting.
The Bible says in 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.
In ancient Hebrew culture eagles were revered as strong warriors, birds of prey that also hold a tender side for their young. Eagles were known to carry their young to safety in times of threat from predators. Eagles were also thought to shed their feathers in a type of rebirth/regeneration to invigorate themselves to a form of their youth. Eagles were also known and revered for their strength in high winds and stormy weather. They had the ability to fly about the prevailing weather patterns and soar over the storm to safety.
God had spoken of “eagle’s wings” before. In Exodus 19:4 God says, “You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on Eagle’s wings…” This was an expression of the wonderful tenderness and strength God showed for them while bringing them out of Egypt. The word “bore” speaks of great speed; God not only delivered them on eagle’s wings, but He hastened them out, as it were upon the wing. He is telling them that He did it with great ease, strength, and swiftness. The word “wait” also signified God’s particular care of them, and affection to them.
Isaiah is comforting his people by drawing a parallel in Scripture on how God came through for their ancestors in their exodus from Egypt. His meaning is that since God brought His people out of the captivity and slavery of Egypt, then He can certainly do the same for them concerning their captivity and slavery in Babylon.
The key is found in the word “waiting.” This word means more than just a period of time just waiting. It is an action word. The word rendered ‘wait upon’ here denotes the sense of expecting with hope. “Wait upon” is described in different ways in the Bible: (1) It signifies dependence, looking to, trusting, and yielding – The Bible says in Lamentation 3:24, “’The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, “therefore I hope in Him!” (2) It signifies patience, expectation, and confidence – The Bible says in Psalm 39:7 – “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”
It is applicable to those who are in circumstances of danger or want, and who look to God for His merciful intervention. Here it properly refers to those who were suffering a long and grievous captivity in Babylon, and who had no prospect of deliverance but from God.
The phrase is applicable also to all who feel that they are weak, feeble, and helpless, and who put their trust in God for help, guidance and deliverance. The promise or assurance in Isaiah 40 is just as applicable to God’s people today as it was in the times of the captivity in Babylon.
Human effort and strength is seen here both in its limits and its possibilities. To be sure, even strong young people eventually grow tired – not to mention those who have been victimized and oppressed –but God gives power to the powerless enabling them to renew their strength and soar like eagles.
As we grow in our dependence, trusting, yielding, patience, and confidence the Bible says we will “renew” our strength.” This word literally means “exchange.” God replaces our weakness and inability with His strength and capability!
Waiting is a part of life. We wait at traffic lights. We wait in traffic jams. We wait in check-out lines at stores. We wait on hold on the telephone. We wait for a promotion at work. We wait for the doctor’s report to come back. We wait for the start of our vacation! Frequently our attitudes during these “wait times” could in no way be described as “Christlike.”
But there is a witness of waiting for those who wait on the Lord. And that witness is: God will give us strength! The apostle Paul prayed that the Christians at Colossae would be “strengthened with all power, according to [God’s] glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience” (Colossians1:11). There is a special kind of strength that can only be found on the other side of waiting on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord strengthens the saints of God in a supernatural way.
Imagine what it means to soar on wings like eagles! Only eagles and hawks have the ability to soar. They take advantage of air currents and heat risers to soar (fly) with little or no effort at all, simply being carried along in the sky. This is the witness of waiting for those who wait on the Lord.
You see, God has a perfect plan for our lives. But we must remember that this plan is His plan, and it will happen in His time and in His way. As we wait upon the Lord, our strength is renewed, which gives us everything we need to do all that God is calling us to do.
- There will be times of learning of God’s plan for our lives, and we will not grow weary.
- And there will be times of waiting on God’s plan for our lives, and we will not be discouraged or disappointed. We will be strengthened according to His glorious might!
- There will be times of living out God’s plan for our lives, and we will not become fainthearted.
So . . . how is your witness of waiting? Remember, the Christian life requires waiting on the Lord, and in that waiting we are given a strength that cannot be acquired in any other way. This supernatural strength lifts us above the clouds of life and empowers us to soar with very little effort, because it is our Lord who is carrying us along on Almighty air currents and Holy heat risers to our intended destination!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”