‘…THEY THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH…’ ISAIAH 40:31
‘Wait on the Lord…And He shall strengthen your heart…’
Most folks today seem to have a mobile phone growing out of their ear. They have learned to drive in the fast lane, listen to music, talk on the telephone and do business – all at the same time. Nobody wants to wait! Yet, when it comes to our spiritual lives, waiting quietly in God’s presence brings rewards that nothing else will. Here are a few of them:
1) Strength. Listen: ‘Those who [spend time with] God get fresh strength. They…soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired; they walk and don’t lag behind’ (Isaiah 40:31 TM). Do you feel drained today? ‘Wait on the Lord…And He shall strengthen your heart…’ (Psalm 27: 14 NKJV).
2) Vindication. Are you upset because you have been misunderstood? Or because your critics seem to be prospering? Listen: ‘Do not fret…evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord…shall inherit the earth’ (Psalm 37:8-9 NKJV). Cheer up, the last chapter has not been written. When it is, we win!
3) Deliverance. Do you feel trapped by circumstances? Listen: ‘I waited for God…He lifted me out of the ditch..’ (Psalm 40:1-2 TM). Relax. Start trusting God more. He will bring you through!
4) Growth. Do you long to become more mature? Listen: ‘Let…[patience] do its… work’ (James1:4 AMP). Patience really works! It eliminates worry because God is bigger than your problem. It eliminates works because your job is to simply obey and leave the rest in God’s hands. It eliminates wanting because your wants become less important than His will. So start spending more time with God!
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