"But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.". (Isaiah 40:31)
We spend many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years rushing through life only to find ourselves waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. We wait at the doctor's office; we wait at the grocery store; we wait at the post office; we wait at the pharmacy; we wait for our children to grow up and then anxiously wait for them to come home again.
Waiting is hard, exasperating work. The fact that we hate to wait has created a "quick fix" society. We microwave our food; pump our own gas; process our words on a computer; write notes of affection on the internet, not paper; text instead of talk, jet to locations far and near; hear news from across the world in fractions of a second; eat out because it takes too much time to cook, and so on. In our world, waiting is bad. However, in God's world, waiting is good. God has given us many instructions on the necessity of waiting. Let's look at some of these:
"Truly my soul waits upon God; my salvation comes from Him." (Psalm 62:1)
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14)
"This is our God; We have waited for Him and He will save us." (Isaiah 25:9)
"Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20)
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope." (Psalm 130:5)
"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1)
"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him." (Lamentations 3:25)
"Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him." (Isaiah 64:4)
Did you notice the words used by those who wait on God? These are not words of frustration and confusion. These are words of strength, salvation and blessings. Waiting on God, as David, Isaiah and many others learned, means letting go and letting God. It involves study, reflection, prayer, solitude and time apart from the world.
God works miracles.
We get angry and impatient...
God is busy reorganizing our priorities.
Hurry Up And Wait! Spend time giving time to God. Block out a section of your calendar for the Son of Man.
Then sit quietly...
and wait on God.