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Waiting on the Lord

Isaiah 40:27–31 (CEV)

27 You people of Israel, say, “God pays no attention to us! He doesn’t care if we are treated unjustly.” But how can you say that?

28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the eternal God, Creator of the earth. He never gets weary or tired; his wisdom cannot be measured.

29 The Lord gives strength to those who are weary.

30 Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall.

31 But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.

Isaiah told the people of Israel that if they turned back to God, he would rescue them. He promised them that they would return to their own land, and he would bless them and make them prosperous. The Lord made this tremendous promise to his people because he created and ruled the entire earth. He alone is God.

God can help you fly, run, and walk, but there is something you must do. Isaiah 40:31 says, “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.…” Waiting on the Lord is the secret to keep going when you feel like quitting.

What does it mean to wait on the Lord?

First of all, we must spend time in His presence in worship and prayer. You and I are prone to be impulsive and rush ahead of God. If only we would wait on the Lord and remain quiet in His presence, we would get the wisdom and strength we need to keep going day after day.

From what has to be my favorite Psalm in the Bible, we find an encouragement:

Psalm 27:14 (NLT)

14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

What a difference it makes when we quiet our hearts before God, read His Word, talk to Him in prayer, and wait patiently for His strength.

That word renew in Isaiah 40:31 actually means “exchange.” “They that wait upon the LORD shall exchange their strength.…”

So we exchange our strength for His strength.

Let me tell you, He has all the strength we need to keep going, and there is no reason for us to quit.

If you are considering giving up, please take time to view the promise in Isaiah 40:31. Wait before the Lord, and let Him quiet you down. Exchange your weakness for His strength and spend time before Him every day. You will be amazed at the changes that will take place.

Instead of fainting, you will be flying—you will mount up with wings as the eagle; you will run and not be weary; you will walk and not faint.


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