Benefits Received When You Wait on the Lord
“But those who wait on 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.”
Waiting can be excruciating! Anticipation builds creating an internal tension that screams to be relieved. And yet some things just can’t be rushed. In all phases of life we must learn how to wait well. There are many benefits when we do.
Preparation While You Wait on the Lord
Our family is in a time of waiting right now. As I write this we are anticipating the birth of our next grandson who could arrive any day. It is an exciting time, but for a tired and expanding Mom the last weeks seem to drag by slowly. Swelling feet, a sore back, and a large belly aren’t easy to handle.
But these final days before a baby’s birth are so important. Mom makes final preparations for the arrival of the sweet bundle by getting the room ready, washing clothes, organizing equipment, and more. One of the most important things is trying to rest so she is ready for the labor, sleepless nights, and the intense care of the newborn. This time of waiting can be very useful.
Throughout life there will always be times of waiting. Teenagers long for the day they can drive. A young adult anticipates meeting the love of his life. A patient hopes for a good medical test result. A discouraged employee stays in a difficult holding pattern waiting for a better job to come his way. In all of these situations we can gripe and chafe under the uncertainty or we can choose to use the delay for good purpose.
Wait on the Lord and Renew Your Strength
The prophet Isaiah encourages all those who wait to look to the Lord for strength. He never grows tired or weary and His understanding is inscrutable. Not only does He comprehend the reason for the delay, but also He appoints the delay itself. His timing for all things is impeccable and we must learn to trust His perfect plan as we wait.
Whether you are waiting the arrival of a new baby, a better job offer, a critical medical result, or more, learn to wait well. Spend time preparing for what might be ahead, resting when you can, praying for God’s patience, and seeking God’s strength. Then when the waiting period is over you will look back and realize it was a good thing. Some things just can’t be rushed. So wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength.