"Wait" upon the Lord (Biblical Perspectives)
Isaiah 40: 29-31
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall: 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, they shall walk and not faint.
Who amongst us wouldn’t want strength, good health and vitality throughout our life? The promise in Isaiah 40-29-31 is given on the condition that we “wait” upon the Lord. What does “wait” mean and how do we do it? Standard definitions of the word are:-”to remain inactive until something expected happens”, “to be available or in readiness”, “to remain neglected for a time”, “to continue as one is in expectation of”. All these descriptions are true in a biblical sense, but with the added spiritual dimension- we are to “wait on the Lord”. The Amplified bible uses “expect”, “look for” and “hope” which instantly connects the act of waiting to the exercise of faith.
When our waiting is linked to faith we are encouraged to look beyond the physical realm and peer into the spiritual. Paul tells us in Romans 8:24 that “we are saved by hope”, not only that, that type of “hope for that which we see not, then we do with patience wait for it” (Romans 8:26). Biblical waiting is linked to patience, hope and faith. You may also wonder why waiting is also linked to negative emotions and suffering. In Hebrews 12:11, Paul explains why patience and suffering are divinely interconnected: “Now no chastening for the present seemeth joyous but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yeildeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”.
According to scripture, suffering is a prerequisite for character-building in righteousness, whilst waiting with patience provides the catalyst for righteousness to develop in us. During times of waiting, we are not to be idle- spiritual waiting requires the engagement of mind, body and spirit in the activity. We are to be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer” according to Romans 12:12. With our minds we are to be joyful and hopeful, with our bodies we are to patiently wait and with our spirits we are to be in a state of continual prayerfulness. It is the combination of these factors that enable us to both endure and to triumph.
Verse 28 and 30 of our opening text remind us about God’s constant care giving: He gives us both power and strength when we are weak and flagging- this is important for us to remember when we are suffering. Although we do not know for certain how much God does for us, we must never forget that He answers our prayers according to His will. If we suffer- how are we to know that without our faith in Him whether we would still be alive or would not be experiencing greater suffering, pain, or distress? Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, sometimes we can focus on the seen dangers and panic, whilst being totally oblivious to the unseen dangers that God’s constant watch care is shielding us from.
What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in. In God’s eyes, His eternal “ends” justify His sanctifying “means”. “but he that endures to the end, will be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Doesn’t that represent our ultimate goal as Christians?
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
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Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more