Jan18SunJanuary 18, 2015
“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.” (Isa 40:31)
To wait or to wait? That is the question. You can wait by serving as a waiter waits on a table at a restaurant or you can wait as for the doctor, dentist, or bus for travel. When you wait on the Lord it is like waiting for a doctor or dentist at your scheduled appointment. You know that they are in the building; you’re just waiting for them to call your name. You can get impatient while waiting and leave without being seen or you can be patient and wait till you’re called. You can wait on the bus to pick you up at the bus stop or you can walk to your destination. But while/in waiting on the Lord, worship and train yourself to be still and be quiet.
Definition for Wait: To remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until).
Hebrew Definition for Wait: (Qavah) To bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect.
An impatient person will have the most difficult time waiting – they don’t have time to wait. A person who is always accustomed to getting their own way will also find difficulty in waiting – you have to deny yourself. A troubled and distracted person may think it’s useless to wait – they don’t think anything good will happen as a result of waiting. Mary and Martha waited on Jesus – Mary waited at His feet, Martha waited by cleaning the house, there’s nothing wrong with cleaning the house but when Jesus’ Presence fills the room He wants your undivided attention. Mary chose the good thing, sat and rested at His feet while Martha was troubled by many things and felt she needed to get things done. While waiting IN His Presence, don’t bring a whole laundry list of things you need to get done or have God do for you (Selah). Neither bring complaints about what others are doing or not doing, just spend time alone in the Presence of Jesus, just you and Him. The closer you get to Him, the less words you will speak.
The benefits and blessings of waiting is: 1) Renewed Strength; 2) Soar in the Spirit; 3) Energy to Run – the race; 4) Ability to Walk – by faith (see Isaiah 40:31). These all pertain to a victorious life in Jesus. King David said in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord”. Waiting in the Presence of God refreshes you and causes you to become more alive than you were before. While waiting/abiding, the husbandman comes to prune and perfect us that we might bear more fruit for His glory (see John 15:1-8).
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Ps 27:8)