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Devotional - week of June 29, 2003


WAITING ON GOD

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.  Isaiah 40:31

The words “waiting on the Lord” indicate a trust in God to do something. The words imply that at the moment God is not doing the thing that we are trusting Him to do.

Also “waiting on the Lord” means that we will not act in a certain situation apart from the leadership of God.

The words do not imply a life of inactivity. While God’s timing in a certain thing may not be in harmony with our timing, He continues to lead us in a very busy life.

Having to wait on the Lord can be painful. Consider those who believe God has called them to some special work but who are still uncertain of the particulars of the call.

Consider those in uncomfortable circumstances who are looking to God for victory while God’s timing has not yet produced the victory.

In spite of the painfulness of the wait, those who do wait on the Lord will move to a divine dimension in life. Consider the following verses of the larger passage.

The Creator of the ends of the earth,    neither faints nor is weary.  Isaiah 40:28

Even the youths shall faint and be weary … Isaiah 40:30

But those who wait on the Lord … shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Those who experience their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are set free from the power of the flesh and its desire to make things happen and to make them happen now. 

They are able to wait on the Lord and move into that divine dimension of life.