Thursday, July 23

Wait on the Lord

Scripture: Isaiah 40-42, 1 Peter 3

Isaiah 40:28–31 

28 Have you never heard? 

Have you never understood? 

The Lord is the everlasting God, 

the Creator of all the earth. 

He never grows weak or weary. 

No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 

29 He gives power to the weak 

and strength to the powerless. 

30 Even youths will become weak and tired, 

and young men will fall in exhaustion. 

31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. 

They will soar high on wings like eagles. 

They will run and not grow weary. 

They will walk and not faint.

Observation

Isaiah 40 includes a soaring, poetic tribute to the greatness of God.  “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. (Isaiah 40:25). Most of the chapter describes the glory, greatness and uniqueness of God—it’s beautiful, moving—worth memorizing!

The chapter ends with these stirring words about God’s power and strength, and that He willingly shares it with those who trust Him.  He never grows weak or weary, and He gives power and strength to those who do.  Even the young grow weak and tired, but those who trust the Lord will find new strength.  He describes that God-given strength in three lyrical phrases:

They will soar high on wings like eagles.  (I love watching eagles or hawks soar—it’s effortless.)

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint.

All this is for those who trust in the Lord.  The Hebrew word for trust is a word that usually is translated “wait”.  The idea is of waiting in hope, anticipation, trust.  The picture is someone waiting for someone else, looking for his coming with hope and anticipation.  We are not trying to do this all on our own; we are waiting on God for His strength.

Application

This chapter reminds us of God’s greatness and our weakness and encourages us to wait on Him, trust Him.  

What does it mean to wait on the Lord?  It is the opposite of feeling pressure to do it on my own; the opposite of hurry; the opposite of “it’s all on me right now.”

Take a deep breath.  Relax.  Pray.  Wait.  Still your hurried heart and listen for God’s gentle whisper.  Trust Him.

If you are weak and weary and tired, maybe you’ve been trying to do it on your own.  If your burden is heavy, maybe you aren’t meant to be carrying it (see Matthew 11:28-30).  

Wait on the Lord…and be strong.

Prayer: Thank you for the reminder that You’ve got this and I do better when I wait and trust than when I hurry and strive.