Kind of an “aha moment” this morning as I continued to read in, and meditate on, Isaiah. The “aha?” Waiting is not the same as doing nothing. In fact, when we wait for the right thing it’s re-energizing. When we pause to focus on the right stuff it’s empowering. When we linger in anticipation it permits us to rise up with supernatural strength. Oh Lord, teach me to wait!
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for 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 40:28-31 ESV)
This past year has been one of truly learning what it means to take it “one day at a time.” These past six months especially have been consistently marked by thanking God for the day just experienced before we turn out the lights every night and, of becoming more and more aware of His “new every morning” mercies as we wake up each morning and head into the day before us. It’s kind of what you do when there’s not much else you can do. But, I’m reminded by Isaiah this morning, it’s doing a lot!
Waiting is not the same as doing nothing. Doing nothing is not the same as waiting.
Waiting is not default inaction when you’re wasted and wiped out. It is an intentional focusing on things above . . . the conscious act of putting the “here and now” in the context of the “there and then” . . . the purposeful application of the never failing promises of God toward dealing with the seemingly never ending concerns of today.
Waiting is doing something. When the waiting is on the LORD, then it is, in glorious reality, a refueling, a reviving, a renewing of strength. It brings power to the faint and strength to those with no might. That’s the promise of God’s word.
For it lies not just in waiting, but in who we purpose to wait upon. The LORD, Jehovah, is “the existing One.” He is the I AM. The everlasting God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. As such, He does not faint. He cannot grow weary. And the storehouse of His understanding of our condition is beyond exploring. So, out of the abundance of who He is, He is able to give liberally, and supernaturally, to those who wait. Power to the faint. Increased strength to those without might.
When our natural resources are depleted . . . when our own vitality, our own strength, our own positive energy is gone . . . when the marathon of life seemingly taps out our natural talents and training (and it will), then waiting on the LORD becomes our means to renewal. Abiding with Him, our revival. Lingering over His word, our reassurance. Remembering His promises, our refueling. Appropriating anew His power, our re-launching.
For then we take on wings to fly. Like eagles, we mount up above the troubles of the day. Able, by Him and through Him, to soar even when carrying a heavy load.
For then we’re given fresh legs to run the race. Drawing on supernatural stamina to keep on keepin’ on as we walk whatever road God has allowed us to travel.
Waiting is doing something. Lord, teach me to wait!
By Your grace. For Your glory.
(Chewing on this brought back a song from long ago. If you have a couple more minutes, check it out here.)