“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 40:31
There are two meanings for the word “wait” that could not be further apart. One meaning for waiting can be seen in the picture of a waiter working in a restaurant. It indicates a flurry of activity and exertion. This is the picture of much of Christian experience today.
A second picture of waiting is that of the customer in the same restaurant, waiting patiently for his meal to be served. It speaks of passive anticipation of what is to come. It is trust, in that, what has been asked for will be given…in time. It is rare in our day to find many Christians who are willing to be patient and trusting in their walk with the Lord. Few there be that equate inactivity with progress.
Waiting on the Lord has become a thing of the past for most in the church today. We have become so geared to activity that when we are faced with the prospect of being still and listening for God’s direction, many panic. We are unfamiliar with stillness and uncomfortable with silence.
Waiting on the Lord is a choice…it’s our choice. If waiting on Him renews our strength, then it only stands to reason that not waiting on Him drains our strength. Why is it that we are so spent–so drained in our attempts to serve. I have never seen so many “wore out” church folks!
Are we operating in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit of God? Is there a flow in our lives that can only be explained by the supernatural intervention of God? Can others sense the presence of the Lord in our lives in such a way that it brings conviction and comfort?
A pastor once told me that the anointing of God is available only to those who make the time to wait. He said, “Be still enough to get it, be real enough to live it, and be bold enough to share it!”
It is time we took a long look at all our activity. I am reminded of the fact that a chicken is most active when it is separated from its head. Activity does not necessarily indicate progress or proximity in the Lord’s work.
Is your waiting wearing you out or is it restoring your soul? I want to run and not be weary! I want to walk and not faint! I choose to wait on the Lord…how about you?