“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Life can get hard. Feelings from inside, forces from outside—it can become overwhelming. David knew this and he was honest in his writings. Sure, he eventually brings us into a trusting relationship with God, but not until he displays his own raw emotion. He asks God, “O LORD, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?” How many times , like David, have you been perplexed with your situations and have wanted to say the same thing? And yet somewhere deep in your heart you know that there must be more. There is. The more is in the wait. It is the “be still and know that I am God.” It is the process of renewal. Isaiah writes, “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” He uses three glorious metaphors: a high soaring eagle, a person running without getting weary and a person on a long difficult walk and not fainting. And how is it you can experience victory even in defeat, peace in turmoil or strength in a long weary journey? The author of Hebrews gives the answer. He writes, “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” And so you come to God and wait. Wait for Him to speak. Quiet your self, quiet your agenda, quiet your emotions. Stay with your pain and pressure and wait. Stay with your fears and discouragement and wait. Wait on God. He is there. He is mighty. He has everything you need. Might you today begin to experience all the grace of our loving God that you need so you can rise up with the wings of an eagle and not be weary or faint.
Father, I need You. I need Your grace. I need Your renewal. Today I come to Your throne and wait on You. Be my strength, help me run and not be weary and walk and not faint. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.
TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I will wait on the Lord for strength
Sense yourself in desperate need. Your are feeing a panic overwhelm you. You cry out to God but nothing seems to happen. You wait, still nothing. Feel fear start to overwhelm you but then you hear a voice say, “Wait.” You wait in faith, trusting in God that He will help you. As you do, you begin t feel strength. You burden is lighter and you begin to run. You are see yourself running and not getting weary. Feel the joy as your waiting has turned into celebration. You affirm, “I will wait on the Lord for strength.”
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