“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
It’s always fun when my favorite verse is the first one in the morning devo! I love Isaiah 40- the imagery of soaring on wings like eagles is awesome. Soaring- high above all the calamities, with an amazing view and perspective, effortlessly moving. I remember a worship band in the church I went to as a teenager put this passage to music- a real upbeat song, and to this day every time I read it I hear that music in my mind. I love it!
The book of Isaiah is about salvation. Written during a time when the people of Israel were threatened from all sides, it could just as easily be written today- it was very much the same environment . And just as timely and applicable today as to the time Isaiah was first written- only hope in the Lord renews my strength; God will nourish and sustain me for whatever is ahead.
God delights in our enjoyment of everything that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling [Philippians 4:8]
“Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.” -Psalm 27:14
Waiting. It sounds easy enough. It isn’t. Waiting is hard. Waiting requires patience. I don’t have patience- well, not very much anyway. I do have initiative- I have gumption- I have an MBA in organizational leadership- that pretty much means I have a graduate degree in planning and execution, but I am the kindergarten level of waiting. Waiting- even the word itself sounds boring- two syllables of nothing, wait-ing.
Society places no value on waiting. Unless you are sitting on a bus stop bench or an airline terminal, no one asks “So, what are you waiting on?”. No. They ask “So, what are you up to?” “What have you been doing?”. Entire conversations center around how busy we are and all the zillions of ways we are running simultaneously. God places value on waiting- such significant value that He instructs us to do it throughout the Bible. I’ve read it, nowhere does it say “take matters into your own hands because I am too busy running the world, devise your own plan, and get going.” Nope. It says “Wait”.
“Must life be a failure for one compelled to stand still in enforced inaction, and see the great throbbing tides of life go by? No; victory is then to be gotten by standing still, by quiet waiting. It is a thousand times harder to do this than it was in the active days to rush on in the columns of stirring life. It requires a grander heroism to stand and wait and not lose heart and not lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up work and honors to others, to be quiet, confident and rejoicing, while the happy, busy multitude go on and away. It is the grandest life “having done all to stand.” -Streams in the Desert, J.R. Miller
- Wait. Submit to the will of God. Wait. Hope in the Lord and He will renew my strength.
Whatever you acquire outside of God’s will eventually turns to ashes. When you pursue things that are outside the will of God, you will be disappointed and disillusioned. Before long, you will find yourself discouraged with life. But the Father has fixed it so that if you will seek His will and trust Him, He will give you His very best. Then you will understand what true peace, contentment, and joy are all about. -Walking With God, Life Principle #16
In order to hold on to God through any trial or temptation, commit to trust and follow Him all of your days. Lay claim to His promises: The unchanging Lord and Savior (Heb. 13:8) is committed to caring for you in all circumstances (1 Peter 5:7) and will never leave or forsake you (Heb. 13:5). -Dr. Charles Stanley