But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
For some of us, waiting can be very challenging to our need for patience. For instance, I am not one that likes to wait in lines or past a certain amount of time for an appointment. Waiting is frustrating. You wind up delayed for other planned events. Waiting is frittering. It is a waste of time. However, waiting is a fundamental virtue. Isaiah tells us there is virtue in waiting. Let us see this morning why waiting is a fundamental of the believer’s walk with God.
We see the predicament.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.” Isaiah speaks about the reality that all of us will become exhausted, weary, tired, and completely drained. He uses the word “faint” to incorporate all of these experiences. Strenuous work drains us. Anxiety and worry exhaust us. Caring for other people wipes us out. A busy schedule will make us faint. A fiery trial that has unexpected events will exhaust us. Being nonstop in activity makes us faint. All of us must recognize those seasons when physically, spiritually, and emotionally we are drained and have no energy.
We see the provision.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The secret to overcoming being faint and drained is to wait upon the Lord. God promises us renewal and strength when we wait on Him. It is spiritual strength. I have had times when I was so drained after much preaching and work, I wondered if I could make it to the pulpit for my next sermon, but the Lord gave me strength and power to do His will. It is certified strength. God promises us this strength when we meet His conditions of waiting on Him. It is sustaining strength. It is God’s strength being made perfect in our weakness.
We see the practice.
Waiting upon the Lord demands we submit to the right practices. We must wait on God in prayer. Waiting on God demands that we spend increased time in prayer. As our prayer life improves, our spiritual life improves. Waiting on God demands that we spend time laboring in His Word. We must look to God’s Word for instruction and approval. We must seize upon promises never before claimed. It is seeing God afresh in His Word. Waiting upon the Lord demands that we are still and know that He is God. We cannot put a time limit on waiting on God. We cannot rush the Lord in prayer or reading His Word. We must simply wait!
We see the product.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” We are revived! He renews our strength. We are replenished! Our inner man is renewed! We are resilient. We run and do not grow weary. We walk and do not faint. We can go in “the strength of that mea