RENEWED UPON WAITING
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Most people consider the word “wait” as a form of unsure answer. The dictionary defines it as, “to delay or to tarry.” Most of you will agree more on the following sentences as to what comes up to your mind when that word is spoken: “To remain temporarily neglected, unattended to, or postponed.”
Have you ever been tired of waiting? Being frustrated about it? How about the feeling of being disappointed because of it? Do you see life with anxiety because you’re thinking you are running out of time?
Dreams that were unfulfilled; expectations that have not transpired; plans that did not manifest because you have waited for people; opportunity and timings that you have considered to give you a turning point in your life but they failed to happen.
And now, you see this year as an opportunity to take chance to do it again but carefully this time, you begin to ponder such things that you have analyzed; why it failed and start to worry and fret about it, making you a reactionary and eventually drains out the hope you can give again to individuals, occasions and seasons.
That’s how the world contemplates it and many people are suffering on that notion about waiting. It makes them miss out the good things that God has prepared for them. They have done it their way and their timing.
We, as humans, have the tendency to be demanding and impatient but God doesn’t expect us to live that way.
This year is an opportunity to renew our thoughts about waiting.
It says in the book of Isaiah, “But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagle, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Emphasis added). The word “wait” there in the Hebrew translation implies, “to expect, look for, and hope.”
The prophet Isaiah distinctively reminds us that we should not wait nor depend in the things we see other than the Lord Himself. He never mentioned that money, fame, promotion, a group, a person, or anything that this world can give will rejuvenate our strength. It is through our Lord, our great God alone.
And what’s more fascinating is He gives a renewal of our strength when we wait upon Him. He empowers us to soar high at go further. This renewal makes us enough to say that it is not in our strength alone do we rely on the great things that we want to pursue and achieve. Only His strength makes us strengthened.
God can restore the time that was lost. He can do some things that we cannot. Stop taking this on your toll. Put your hope in Him and let Him help you succeed and thrive in life.
When there is an evidence of hope in our lives, faith arises. And faith, our faith, takes God at His word when circumstances seem to deny the truth of His promises. So don’t be weary about waiting on the Lord. It will protect you and make you rise above the heights.
God’s plans and purposes for us are way beyond what we could think or imagine. As we change our calendars, we can change our dealings in life with an expectant heart and a renewed perspective about waiting.
Better start this year waiting upon Him. You have nothing to lose. You have more to gain when you wait – expect, look for, and hope, in Him.