“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.” Isa 40:31
This is a widely used verse which has encouraged many of us during different seasons in life. In a quick fix, microwave generation waiting is a difficult task. But without waiting there is no Christian walk. Most of us know through our experience in our Christian journey, there is a waiting period between God’s promise and the fulfilment of His promise. Let’s explore a little more of this verse.
Waiting for the right season
Same as there are four different seasons, there are different seasons in our life too. Most of us love spring and summers, but we cannot skip winter before the spring comes. A lot of things happen beneath the surface during the seemingly long winter months. The plants gear up for warmer days ahead. Sometimes the extreme cold is required to kill all the bugs to have a good harvest during the summer season.
“Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12 (HCS)
Waiting can be for many things like; expecting healing, marriage, child, Salvation of the loved one, financial break-thru or waiting to hear after the job interview. Some waiting takes weeks, months and some years before we see the answer. It can make our soul weary.
What happens during this period? We are moulded, our character is shaped and our trust in Christ is being built. Eventually, it prepares us to handle God’s blessing. Same as the winter months are required to prepare a good harvest for the summer, our Father knows how to prepare us for the next season in our lives.
Waiting on Him
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, …..Hab 2:1
This prophet Habakkuk goes to the watchtower of his city every day and waits for the Lord to speak to him. We are so good at doing quick prayers because we have so many excuses each day. Most days we are tired because of work, kids, family and other responsibilities. We hardly have the time to quiet ourselves, meditate on His word and to listen what He is showing us or what He is speaking to us.
If our body is not properly nourished, at some point it will not function well. Same way if our spirit is not nourished well with the regular spiritual food, we cannot be fully effective in all the areas that God wants us to be a blessing. But with the spiritual body, it functions opposite to our physical body. If we go hungry for one day, the next day we are ready to eat anything because we are so hungry. But our Spirit goes hungry the more we connect ourselves with the living God. The more we pray, we want to pray even more, same with studying His word or hanging out with the Lord and in knowing Him.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Tuning ourselves to hear His voice is very important and it happens only when we choose to wait on Him every day and listen to him.
To bind together
The root word in Hebrew for “wait for the Lord” from Isa 40:31 is gavah. The literal meaning of the word is “to bind together like a cord.” A rope is made by twisting or weaving thin threads together. One strand by itself has no strength, but when they are put together or twisted together in a rope is its strength.
“… a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecc 4:12
Our strength is not in doing things our way but by working together with the Holy Spirit and with the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy (Rom 14:17). When we are wound together in Him, our strength is renewed to run and not go weary.
Interestingly, the strength of the rope is determined when it is put to test to lift heavy weight. All the individual strands will work together to pull the weight.
It may look like nothing is happening, but the Lord is twisting and weaving his strength into ours, also He is adding extra faith, hope, love and His grace into our lives which is part of the waiting process. When more strands come together, there is more power and strength to walk the extra mile and to run further.