“They that 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).
Have you ever had to wait? In our society of drive thrus, waiting is not our idea of a good time. As a matter of fact, when we have to wait a myriad of responses are seen: anger, impatience, frustration, anxiety, even depression. Why? To be blunt, we are selfish people and we always think our needs are more important than anyone else’s.
We have all seen the effects of anger, impatience, frustration, anxiety, and depression. These qualities quickly rob us of our energy and even our joy as we stew about having to wait.
We may be praying about a situation and God has not answered our prayer. We wonder why God would not answer this prayer. It does not go against His character and yet, we wait. The above mentioned negative qualities can begin to surface in our prayer life and in other relationships. We pray and often times become obsessed with the issue. We may begin a down ward spiral ending in anxiety or depression with frequent bouts of anger. All of this saps our joy and our strength.
BUT…we do not have to live this way. God told us to wait for Him and in the process of waiting for Him and HIS timing we would have some positives happen in our lives. I am telling you from my own experiences that these results do happen even when prayers do not get answered the way I think they should.
When we actually wait on the Lord for His timing and His answers we see these positive results in our lives:
Our strength is renewed
We will run and not be weary
We will walk and not faint
We will mount up with wings like eagles
Have you seen an eagle take flight? It looks so effortless.
Have you ever run? God says we will not grow weary.
Have you have walked? God says we will not faint.
Sometimes the process of prayer requires running and sometimes it requires walking. Sometimes, we need to put more effort in or we need to endure for a longer period of time; whatever the case God will only renew our strength when we wait on Him. We will only mount up like the eagle, when we wait on God.
We all want the magic powder to be sprinkled over us so our prayers are answered at the Heavenly gate drive thru. Sounds rather idiotic when we look at it that way. Yet, that is what we think. God knows when we are ready for our answer and the best way to answer. It is hard to rest in God’s timing in the thick of an urgent prayer need, yet the alternative to waiting and resting in God is anger, frustration, anxiety, and even depression.
So the question is not about God’s timing because His timing is always perfect. The real question is how will you respond to His timing? Will you rest in it so that your strength is renewed and you soar like an eagle? Or will you become angry and morose over the unanswered prayer and have your strength and joy sucked from you?