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Are You Waiting On The Lord?

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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 40:30-31, ESV)

Do you grow impatient with God sometimes?  I know I do.  After all, no one wishes to wait when they believe they have “important matters” that need to be taken care of.  We live in an “instant answer” culture.  What we expect, we expect immediately.  We live by our own self-centered priorities.

Waiting requires submission to God’s Word, God’s Will, and God’s Ways.  Murmuring, complaining, and impatience are contrary to this process. Our obsession with pleasing self results in weariness.  Waiting on God, however, results in a prosperous spirit – “renewed strength.”  Divine power overshadows our weakness as we “wait for the Lord.”

Waiting on the Lord requires self-discipline and dependence.  Patience is difficult but our own powers are insufficient to carry out God’s plan and purpose for our lives.  Paul writes, Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, ESV)  We need to be strong enough to cast aside our own self-sufficiency in order to receive overcoming strength by our dependence on the Lord.  This is the only way to the real power we all need for living.  This strength comes only by waiting for the Lord.

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  1. This is so very true- my heart’s desire is to wait on the Lord and to know Him. My mind is racing at a million miles an hour. I need to learn to wait and silence my mind.

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