Wait For It…
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
As children we wait with eager anticipation for Christmas Day to come. And we learn that at the appointed time it arrives. A mother and father wait for nine months for their baby to be born and at the appointed time he/she arrives. We wait for seasons, we wait in line, we wait for the mail, we wait for a decision on applications, contests and promotions, judicial rulings, evaluations and test scores. We wait for many things, some with fixed dates and times in the near or more distant future and some with uncertain ends.
The hardest kind of waiting we do is for those things that are supposed to happen, should happen, or will happen but we don’t know when.
Waiting for Christmas is easy because the day is fixed. At 12:00 Midnight on December 24, we’re there. Let the celebration begin!
But when the waiting interval is uncertain and we can’t anticipate a definite end to waiting; each day it is unrealized can add another layer of disappointment. We can become tense, anxious, discouraged, agitated, angry, or worse yet, depressed, despondent, and hopeless. We can lose heart and begin to entertain thoughts of failure, rejection, abandonment, even fear, or anything else our enemy throws at us to make our hearts sick.
This kind of waiting is no picnic.
But to wait on the Lord [expect, look for, and hope in Him] is to live with an ever-renewing strength and expectation of good. Like Christmas Day we can be sure the time will come. It’s never failed to arrive and it will not fail until it is fulfilled in the time when Jesus returns.
The prophets of old could only see His day in types and shadows but they all died not receiving the promise until the time appointed for us to be included in the plan of God.
“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40
Israel heard no word from God through the prophets for 400 years between the last prophecy of Malachi and the appearance of Gabriel to Zacharias in the temple.
But at the appointed time the Savior was born and the angels declared it first to the Shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Waiting on the Lord will never disappoint and we can take assurance in His promises. We can wait on Him and renew our strength, not have it dissipate by disappointment.
We celebrate the certainty of Christ’s coming at Christmas remembering that God is faithful. Surely what He has promised He will do. And what He has declared will come to pass.
Have you prayed the will of God? Have you sought Him for the wisdom from above? Have you prayed for healing, for salvation, for provision, for blessing? Then according to the word of God if we ask anything according to His will he will do it.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
Waiting is not always easy but when we wait on the Lord, we will not be disappointed.