Learning to wait in the Lord
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 With the challenges and trials you are dealing with, there are times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You find yourself wondering when this crisis will stop coming to your life as if you are just existing to run from one crisis to another. Then there is this expectation that you still need to find the time to expend your energy by helping or ministering to others. From the text, in this moment when you feel you do not have the strength to continue on that is the time that God wants to assure you that He is there to help you. His desire is that His life will flow through you by renewing you daily. The key is to learn how to wait on Him. This is difficult because of the pressures that you are dealing with. You are tempted to rush through everything without asking God’s leading and wisdom. In your haste to go ahead of God you find yourself regretting your decisions and actions. Part of God’s working is at times to slow you down so you could listen to Him. He wants you to learn how to wait on His will so you could grow in your dependence and trust in Him. When David was dealing with challenges in life, including the enemies that were pursuing him to kill him, he declared that he find his strength from trusting God. He found God as his place of safety and refuge. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Waiting in the Lord does not mean you become passive. It is when you wait in the Lord that you become active in surrendering your life to Him. You stop in your own pursuit and you let God’s plan prevail. This is the time you come to God in prayer as you wait. As you seek Him in prayer, God will show the resources that He wants you to have so you could face the challenges in life. As David declared after he expressed his confidence in God, he said, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).