‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…’ Isaiah 40:31 NIV
The prophet Isaiah tells us God ‘…gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar…like eagles; they will run and not grow weary…’ (Isaiah 40:29–31 NIV) When an eagle is on the ground it’s vulnerable to attack by predators like snakes and wolves. On terra firma its surroundings are a fixed reality the eagle can’t change. So what does it do? It rises above them! From the air, everything looks different. The eagle’s altitude transforms its attitude—and that can happen for you too. ‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…’ Here are two illustrations of what it means to wait upon God: (1) Like a wide–winged eagle waiting for a thermal current to carry it heavenward, you must stay in God’s presence with your heart attuned to Him. Do you have duties and demands? Yes, but none as important as this. Why? Because you understand that if you don’t get into God’s presence and stay there until He refreshes and restores you, you won’t make it. (2) Like an attentive waiter at a fine restaurant, whose only aim is to please, you wait on God, sensitive to His voice and surrendered to His will. Have the pressures of life left you drained? Watching television may entertain you for a while, but it won’t restore what life takes out of you. Only God can do that, so learn to ‘wait’ on God.
SoulFood: Jer 1-3, Luke 20:27-47, Ps 55:12-23, Prov 8:19-21
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015