Mount Up

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“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?

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PATIENCE

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PATIENCE-cheerful endurance or tolerating difficulties or delay without getting angry.  As a society, and even in our Christian society we tolerate impatience.  I believe it is one of the foremost acceptable sins that is tolerated as part of an individual’s character.  We enjoy being in the presence of a patient person, yet if someone is impatient we tolerate it.  I have spent the last 24 hours considering patience, reading Scripture about patience, and being convicted about my impatience.  I had to ask myself, “What causes me to be impatient?”  After studying Scripture and spending time in contemplative thought with the Lord, I realized that my pride is what causes me to be impatient.  My needs or schedule causes me to be impatient because I think that what I am doing is more important than what anyone else is doing. I get behind a car that is dawdling or wait at an excessively long red light, I begin to get impatient.  Someone does not perform a task or take care of something the way I think they should, I get impatient.  So the secret for acquiring patience is not by asking God to give us patience and give it to us right now.  Rather, it is dying to ourselves.

 

Humility is the key to patience.  It is putting the needs of someone else ahead of our own.  It is walking in another’s shoes and realizing that the trials they have are just as difficult as our own.  As Jesus walked the earth, He knew what was coming-His death on a cross.  Yet, this did not overshadow His earthly ministry with His followers.  When His disciples wanted the seats of pre-eminence in the kingdom, He did not lash out at them.  He patiently answered their question.  On Jesus’ way to raise Jairus’s daughter from the dead, He took some time to heal the woman with the issue of blood.  He did not rush past her knowing He had more important business to accomplish.  He made her feel like she was the most important person at that moment.  Patience, not our favorite quality, yet Jesus time and time again emulated for us what patience looks like lived out on a daily basis.  Patience does not come from being good at waiting, rather patience comes from being good at denying ourselves.  Remember, we do not truly understand another person’s life unless we have walked a mile in their shoes.  So before we fly off the handle at someone for their inconvenience in our lives or their seeming ineptness, walk in their shoes.  Stop and share a word of cheer rather than a word of irritation.  That word may change the situation for everyone involved.

 

James 1:4 “But let patience have her perfect work that you may be complete, lacking nothing.”

 

Danielle gave me a lovely gift for Christmas.  It is a cutting board with the “recipe for a good Mom” written on it.  On it are various quantities of a good Mom, and of course the first one is 2 cups of patience.  I told Danielle that needs to be changed to 2 teaspoons for me.  My goal is not patience but rather humility hoping that through my humility patience will be produced.  Yet, my goal is not really humility, rather it is seeing myself for who I truly am in relation to God.  I am a sinner saved by God’s grace deserving nothing but hell, yet receiving eternal life.