Waiting = Strength

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

“To approach God with only an incessant stream of words is a filibuster, not prayer.” Howard Macy

Everyone who wants to renew your strength, raise your hand. Everyone wants to renew their strength. People use vitamins, Gold’s Gym, yoga, and personal trainers to revitalize their lives.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

The opposite of waiting upon the Lord is running on your own strategies and energy: success is dependent on your brilliance. This is very, very, very fatiguing. It saps your strength. You are always on stage. The spotlight shines brightly. The worst part of this opposite way is that it gives temporary, temporal, fading results.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

How does this program work? You wait. “We consciously carve out an inner space of yielded tranquility. We hush the insistent noises of our hearts. In waiting we become wise enough to reject “staying busy” as a goal in life and learn how better to spend our energies. ” (Macy in Rhythms of the Inner Life)

You don’t start on a project until you hear God’s direction on which way to go. You seek His will, not your own. “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, and do not lean upon your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5-6. You continue to work hard on the last thing you heard Him say, but the new project is put on hold until you have finished the first step: wait upon the Lord for His plan.

This renews our strength because the results are lasting, eternal and Kingdom focused. Also, perhaps God only renews the strength of those who are running the path He has set. The ones who are running on the wrong path, God wants them to run out of gas!



One thought on “Waiting = Strength

  1. judyk584 says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear today, Don, thank you!

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