Learn to “Wait” in God

“Those who wait upon God get fresh strength.” Isa 40:31 TM

The prophet Isa­iah tells us God “ener­gizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young peo­ple tire… folk in their prime stum­ble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind” (w. 29–31 TM). When an eagle is on the ground it’s vul­ner­a­ble to attack by preda­tors like snakes and wolves. On ter­ra fir­ma its sur­round­ings are a fixed real­i­ty the eagle can’t change. So what does it do? It ris­es above them! From the air, every­thing looks dif­fer­ent. The eagle’s alti­tude trans­forms its attitude—and that can hap­pen for you too. ‘Those who wait upon God get fresh strength.” Here are two illus­tra­tions of what it means to wait upon God: (1) Like a wide-winged eagle wait­ing for a ther­mal cur­rent to car­ry it heav­en­ward, you must stay in God’s pres­ence with your heart attuned to Him. Do you have duties and demands? Yes, but none as impor­tant as this. Why? Because you under­stand that if you don’t get into God’s pres­ence and stay there until He refresh­es and restores you, you won’t make it. (2) Like an atten­tive wait­er at a fine restau­rant whose only aim is to please, you wait on God, sen­si­tive to His voice and sur­ren­dered to His will. Have the pres­sures of life left you drained? Watch­ing tele­vi­sion may enter­tain you for a while, but it won’t restore what life takes out of you. Only God can do that, so learn to “wait” on God.

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA.

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