A Necessary Ingredient
The average person throughout their lifetime spends five years waiting. This might be waiting in lines, at the traffic lights, in a doctor’s surgery, and so on. That is a lot of waiting. It’s interesting that no one ever teaches you how to wait. Perhaps it’s because it’s not really a skill that needs learning. You just sit/stand there and, well, wait.
Isaiah 40:30-31 is a pretty awe-inspiring passage.
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.
I want renewed strength. I want to mount up with wings like eagles. I want to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint. The prophet Isaiah speaks of an Almighty God who can provide strength to all who are weak. For me, as someone who feels constantly weak to accomplish God’s tasks, this outcome is pretty desirable.
I don’t want to wait
The hurdle I run into is in the ingredient to obtaining this strength. Waiting. I don’t like waiting. It’s not pleasant and it reveals too much in my heart that I would prefer not deal with. Have you ever been sitting at the traffic lights and felt like you’re the only that has anywhere they need to be? Everyone else is wrong and you’re right. No one else knows how to use an indicator but you. You know all and no one else knows much at all.
Waiting often reveals our true theology. We’d like to say that we trust God with our daily bread but when the bread isn’t quite the bread we asked for, is perhaps slow in delivery, or maybe not the right size, our heart start to murmur.
A Dangerous Alternative to Waiting
Waiting on the Lord is such a pivotal part of the Christian’s walk because the alternative, quite simply, is not to wait on the Lord. It’s to assume the position of god of our own lives and to remove ourselves from serving under the Lordship of Christ. While it’s true that waiting on the Lord is taxing, it is a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness. Each time you wait on the Lord, you preach to yourself that God’s will, method, and affection for you can be trusted.
We should never see waiting on the Lord as a waste. Isaiah’s reveals that the Lord’s promise is to reward your waiting with His strength. The biblical picture of ‘waiting’ is not for the fainthearted. It requires walking daily in faithful obedience while trusting that God is working all things together for good. Today, as you might be deep in the wrestle of waiting, trust that the Lord has not forgotten you, but will be faithful to reward those who commit to the spiritual disciple of waiting. Trust the Lord. Strength is on the way.