Week 23 of the Overcomer’s Blog Series
“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).
The word “wait” in Isaiah 40:31 means to gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). While I waited on the Lord to help me find a new job, I decided to wait (serve) on Him by helping to prepare our new church building. I refused to sit around feeling sorry for myself.
We have a choice when we face trouble: we can become paralyzed with fear or step out in faith in service to the Lord. Regardless our decision, the length of time we spend in trouble is going to come and go. Let’s say your trouble comes and stays 14 days. You can spend those 14 days worried out of your mind or relaxed in the Father’s arms. Regardless how you spend the time, you have to go through the 14 days.
Everyone who faces a storm, a trial, a test, or any type of trouble will soon become weary (see verses 28-30). We all want to give up sometimes. Don’t believe anyone who says they’ve never wanted to give up. Don’t believe anyone who says they’re strong all the time. NO! We all grow tired. God will renew our strength when we grow weary. When we get tired and weary, the Lord graces us with newness, new zeal, more endurance. Or, what I call my second wind.
We need to see our trouble from the eagle’s vantage point. Most people only see the situation from the ground view. The ground view is chaotic, confusing, scary, and overwhelming. The eagle’s viewpoint is not. When you wait on the Lord, you’re able to mount up on wings like an eagle. An eagle is able to soar above the storm. An eagle uses the winds to keep him in the air. He doesn’t have to flap his wings hard because the wind keeps him moving. The winds in your storm can keep you airborne, high above your problems and circumstances when you place your faith, hope, and trust in God. Waiting on the Lord gives you the ability to see your situation from a different vantage point. You’re able to see the bigger picture.
Keep waiting on the Lord and He will give you the ability to run when everyone else becomes weary and too tired to press on. You’ll be able to walk when everyone else faints. You’ll be able to endure longer and accomplish more because you’re not performing for the Lord in your flesh, but by the Spirit.
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