Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV) Isaiah 40:30-31
Waiting is difficult. In a society where instant gratification is expected, it is against human nature to patiently wait. Instead, we try to make things happen in our own way, by our own doing. But, as Christians, waiting on God is the rule, not the exception. We must learn to accept the fact that it takes time to grow and become the product that God desires for us.
The Hebrew word to “wait” literally means “to bind together,” perhaps by twisting as with a cord. It is by twisting ourselves around God’s strong nature that we ourselves receive strength and confidence in Him. We do not possess these traits ourselves, but God makes them available to those who wait and hope in Him. In return, God promises to “renew their strength.” The Hebrew verb used for “gain” means to literally “exchange.” Indicating that God will exchange man’s weakness for His strength.
It is taking all our weaknesses, when we want to quit, our lack of faith in the midst of trials, our impatience. . .
. . .when you and your spouse can no longer communicate effectively,
. . .when you’re in debt, struggling to pay it all back
. . .when your child rebels
. . .when an illness won’t go away
. . .when it seems like you never lose your past
It is placing our weaknesses at His feet and exchanging them for His strength. How are you at waiting?
Written by Marji “Mike” Kruger