They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30.
There’s something about waiting. Something about resting. He created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and on the 7th He rested. There is definitely something about resting. It renews. It restores virtue and strength. It allows for the release of courage and strength. It allows for new strategy to be created.
It is through waiting that God often speaks. Its in the still waiting that the value of the end increases. A man who waits YEARS for his wife will find her more valuable. The harder it is to attain a thing is the more valuable it is.
Verse 29 in that same passage tells us it is God who gives power to the faint and increases their strength. Many Christians often go astray and they wonder, “Where did I go wrong?” Or “How did I get here?” But the strength is in the waiting. The strength is in the devotion and the time spent in prayer and praise and worship.
Sometimes we wonder whether fasting and prayer is even necessary. But it is. It takes us away from all distractions and brings us into deep encounters with the Lord. Think about it, a newly wed couple takes a honeymoon and spends that time concretizing their intimacy and when things are good in a marriage the couple may be known to spend vacations together and enjoy each other. Maybe they have date nights away from the kids or weekends where the kids sleep at grandma’s house. If our relationship in marriage is like that of our relationship with Christ. Then certainly we do need honeymoons…in the spirit that is.
Sometimes waiting is simply pursuit; the pursuit of your husband, your saviour, your God. I’m reminded of the love story in Songs of Solomon where the husband knocked on the wife’s door and she refused to open to him and when he left she came outside in search of him. Pursuing Him but couldn’t find him for a while. Eventually she did and when she found him her love for him had grown. Such is the love of Christ. Such is the value of His presence that we should pursue Him with every fibre of our being.
In verse 30 Isaiah reminds us that even the very strong young man or woman needs the strength of the Lord and without it they will fail. For we cannot do anything in our own strength. We need Him.
Waiting the way God intended is different from the way of the world. It relieves anxiety. Hence the scripture that admonishes us not to be anxious for anything but through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our request be made known to God.
Waiting is like cooking, we can either wait for the three minute Ramen noodles, or we can wait for the feast He has prepared for us with delights to our hearts content. So wait on the Lord and he will strengthen your heart. Wait I say on the Lord. Psalm 27:14.