But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength… Isaiah 40:31a (ESV)
In a time of rapid happenings; in a time of quick access to whatever we want or need at our very fingertips; in a time where everything is quickly moving at high speed, our society has become extremely impatient. There was a time when we had to go inside the bank to deposit or withdraw money; now all you have to do is go to the Automated Teller Machine and make a withdrawal in a matter of about one minute; as a matter of fact, we don’t even have to leave the house to make a deposit, we can take a picture of a check with our smart phone and send it to the app that we downloaded and we are able to make a deposit in a matter of seconds. There was a time when we had to wait until the eleven o’clock news or wait until the morning newspaper arrived to get the latest news from around the world and the latest scores of our favorite sports teams, but now, we have access as the games are in progress. There was a time we mailed letters and paid bills through the Post Office, which we now call snail mail, now we have email and online bill pay. There was a time when you called someone on the telephone, if the line was busy, you had to wait until they got off of the phone, but someone came up with the idea of a “call waiting” feature on your telephone, so they can click over. All of the conveniences of quick access to just about everything has made us extremely impatient. We do not take the time to, as the proverbial saying says, “smell the roses,” because we are always in a hurry. Technology has contributed to our hurry up lifestyles. Technology can be good, but it can also be a curse if not kept in its proper perspective.
This hastiness has caused us to be more stressed out, which causes many to be on edge all of the time. In many cases when we cannot have our way “RIGHT NOW,” we tend to become discouraged, disappointed, and dejected. This is a serious problem, I have discovered in God’s Word that He does not move with the trends of the world. In other words, He moves according to the time He has determined to do so. Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor of the Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, California, in one of his sermons asked the question, “Have you ever been in a hurry, and God wasn’t?” That has been the story of my life. At no time has God ever disrupted His will in order to satisfy me. There is never, nor will there ever be a time when God will march to the beat of our drum. He does everything after the counsel of His own will, and in His own time. There is one thing you and I can count on, and that is God is not moved because we are in a hurry and want something in an instant.
The Word of God is replete with commands, exhortations and personal declarations to “wait.” The Hebrew word for “wait” (qavah) is used around fifty times in Scripture, and means to look for someone or something with an underlying sense of expectation or anticipation. Therefore, there must be a strong trust factor when we are in the midst of a waiting period. This requires us to know intimately our LORD. God, who is infinitely wise has a purpose for allowing His children to wait. Most of the time we do not understand why He makes us wait, but it behooves us to know that He always knows what is best for us. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (NKJV). The word “wait” (qavah) expresses enthusiastic anticipation that the Lord will come through for us. Again, we have to know, not just something about our Lord, we must know Him intimately in order to ardently anticipate His help.
In waiting, the key is not to give up, but to persevere confidently on the Lord to come to our rescue. But again, this requires trust. The psalmist David declares in Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.” The fact that David “waited patiently,” shows that he did not lose heart in the midst of waiting for the Lord to deliver him from his trying situation. It is imperative that we not become disheartened while in the midst of waiting. God will help us when we patiently endure.
Isaiah 40:31 profoundly proclaims that there is a benefit in waiting on the LORD, he says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagle; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah shows that waiting on the Lord will produce renewed strength, that is a renewed ability to handle whatever happens.
So I encourage you to first of all make sure that you are doing your best to know God through His Word, and as you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then you and I will be able to wait with confidence.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.