He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 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 40:29-31
Now that is not something that comes naturally to me. What does not come naturally to you? Waiting does not come naturally to me. Sometimes, even when I am sitting very still it seems like my heart and mind are racing at full speed within me. Patience is likewise not one of my strongest and best gifts. Its ironic, but right now I am waiting for someone that said that they would be here in an hour. That was nearly two hours ago. Am I in the middle of some real-life object lesson? I don’t think waiting when something is delayed is what you have in mind in this case. What kind of waiting do you think I have in mind here and now? You want me to wait in your presence. Yes, I do. In your presence, I will be changed. In your presence, I will be refreshed and revived and restored. In your presence, I will be given wisdom and insight. In your presence, I will receive instructions and direction. In your presence, I will be given your power and strength. In your presence, you will help me to come to know you. In your presence, you will change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth, and deeds of my life. In your presence, I will come to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. What would you say about your desire to wait in my presence? There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than wait for you to do your work in me, for me, and through me, as I have waited in your presence. So now, is it difficult for you to wait in my presence? No, is it not hard for me to wait in your presence. You have given me the desire and the ability to wait in your presence. It is still a true statement that waiting does not come naturally to you. How so? Waiting in my presence has come to you supernaturally by my Spirit. I have given you the desire and will and passion to wait in my presence. This has come to you as a gift from me to you. Thank you Lord, for this great and glorious gift. I will keep on waiting in your presence. That will be very good.
Lord, I know that without you, I’m weak and powerless. On my own, I will never be able to go and do what you ask of me. I will never be able to bear lasting and eternal fruit for you. So, I will wait on you. Give me your power and strength to accomplish your will. Amen
Key Question… When has the Lord renewed your strength as you have faithfully waited on Him?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to set aside a time and place to wait on the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will renew your strength as you wait on Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you power and strength as you waited on Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you wait on the Lord so He can renew your strength.
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