“But those who wait for the Lord shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun): they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 4:31
Whew! This is a great verse coming after our haste in getting things at our church updated for our 5th anniversary celebration. What a celebration! We had at least 147 in attendance last Sunday. We put in new sink appliances and did paint touchups, had our artistic team paint beautiful murals down our kids ministry hall, and more! Tim B. spent this year landscaping our front lawn, and it’s just beautiful! So many pitched in — thank you!
Weariness is a part of life (especially as we age), but God promises us that when we “wait” upon HIm, we receive strength. Waiting is important — but make sure you wait on Him! There’s a value in being still before Him — with your worship music on, with your bible and journal present, and in that private place where it’s just you and Jesus. This is called “the secret place,” (Psalm 91) and there’s much to be said about this place in God’s Word.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
God rewards openly. But He sees in secret. He sees those moments you praise Him. He sees those times you grasp your spouse’s hand and whisper a prayer together for your kids. He sees those times you get up early in the morning to have coffee and devotional time with Him. He sees you write that check into His kingdom that you could use for other things. He sees in secret, yet He rewards openly.
So wait! Wait for Him. Waiting doesn’t mean tapping your foot with your arms crossed in anger. Waiting is worship.
But waiting is service, too, as in the wait staff in a restaurant. How about serving your Lord a cup of coffee and pie today? Going out of your way to meet His needs (though He doesn’t have any) today? Caring for your God as if He’s not a Santa in the sky, but a cherished friend you’ve longed to be with? He longs to have coffee with us. 🙂 He longs for relationship with you. If you didn’t know it, He’s personal.
When we wait on Him, the strength will come. Not only that, we’ll rise up like eagles. We’ll soar above the stuff of this world that keeps us earthbound. We’ll start seeing things the way He does, as He carries us above it all. That’s strength.