Waiting on God
Don't the months fly by. Time moves on, our diaries fill up, we get busy and weary, but it is at these times that we recall the words of Isaiah 40:31 “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”.
This chapter is in the second part of Isaiah where the main emphasis revolves around the hope of future blessing for God’s people. At this time God’s people had suffered as exiles in Babylon and it seems that there were those among them who felt abandoned by God, in verse 27 they are challenged by their lack of trust, then from verse 28 to the end of the chapter they are encouraged to wait on God for His deliverance.
In verse 29 there is hope due to the promise that those who are weary (for them it was oppressive captivity) that God still remembered them and strength could be found in Him. Such were their circumstances that even the young were struggling (v30).
How would they find this strength in the midst of trouble and anxiety – by waiting on God.
The focus is clearly on verse 31 “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” and the idea here is longing for the fulfilment of God’s promise with expectation, then they will pass into new strength.
I began this item with the idea of busyness, something we are all familiar with. I draw to a close with the idea of waiting, resting, being at peace with God, looking to God for his purpose and entering into his strength.
Whichever way we look at it, the idea of waiting on God requires stillness, being alone with God, stripping back the detritus of this world and even the clutter surrounding ministry, minimalizing the chaos of our lives and entering into the newness of His strength to accomplish the work that he has for each of us.
The result is amazing – Rising up as an eagle – strong and soaring above all that hinders.