“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Don’t you just love waiting? It’s our favorite thing to do, right? Doesn’t it always seem that when you are in a hurry, you inevitably get in the slowest line at the checkout, and you have to wait 30 minutes to pay for your 3 items? Or, a “Sunday driver” cuts in front of you as you are speeding in to work late and slows you down to 45 on the Interstate. So you have to wait until 5 cars pass you before you can get around the slowpoke!
And this is one of the best… You think your family is finally going to make it to church on time this Sunday morning, when suddenly, one of the kids needs to run to the bathroom! So you have to wait on him to get out, and now it’s five past the hour as you frustratingly drag your bunch into God’s house to piously attempt to worship!
No one in his right mind likes to wait! We know what we want, yet we don’t enjoy biding time before we get it. I remember a children’s song our youngest son used to listen to as a toddler called, “I Can’t Wait to Have Patience”. Ha ha. Yes, in the normal sense of things, waiting is undesirable, and very difficult to do.
However, waiting from a spiritual perspective is not only desirable, but promises to reap a harvest of abundant blessings! According to the prophet Isaiah, when we wait upon the Lord, good things happen. Isaiah 40:31 declares that waiting on God will give us renewed strength, along with several other wonderful promises to encourage us on our spiritual journey. While waiting on Him to direct our lives is certainly not always easy or comfortable, the rewards that come from patiently enduring our trials while God works His will in us are well worth the wait!
Yet, there’s another kind of waiting that goes hand in hand with patient endurance. While we’re trying to hold on and trust God to work in every situation of our lives, He also wants us to actively serve Him, as does a waiter or waitress in a restaurant.
Not only is waiting on the Lord an opportunity to step back and watch the Creator of the universe perform His mighty deeds in our lives, it is also a glorious privilege for we, the children of the living God, to be able to show our appreciation for all the many blessings He’s given us by committing our lives in service to Him. We could never do enough for the One who has given His all to save us!