Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Need more strength? Wait on God!

I've always thought of waiting as a painful event. Like, wait to open the presents or wait until everyone gets here before we eat. It means exercising some patience and willpower. Yet, God gives us a different view of waiting and something that comes other than pain while we wait. Isaiah 40:31 declares,"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."

God usually doesn't tell us how He will answer our prayers, or even when. But He does promise those who wait on Him one thing - strength. The word "wait" in this Scripture pictures a Hebrew word used in the making of rope. Every rope starts out as a thread, and every strand added just increases its strength. So each time you wait on the Lord you add another thread to the rope; you get a little stronger, a little more able to cope. Do you feel like you're just hanging on by a thread today? Spend more time in God's presence and God's Word, and watch your thread turn into a rope. But waiting is not always passive, sometimes it's active, like waiting on a customer, seeing that his or her needs are met. In this case, waiting is not so much a position as it is a focus.

The Bible says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee" (Isa 26:3). Whether it's sitting prayerfully in His presence or actively carrying out His will, you have God's assurance that your strength will be renewed.

If you're at the end of your rope today, grab hold of these three promises: (1) "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord" (Ps 27:14 NKJV). (2) "Wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him" (Ps 62:5 NKJV). (3) "As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their our eyes look to the Lord our God" (Ps 123:2 NKJV).

Do you need more strength? Wait on God! Be Blessed while you wait. Only 331 more days until we can open our presents!!!!

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