Waiting on the Lord has become engraved upon my heart; words in scripture that have increased Faith, strengthened me, caused me to seek His counsel and develop patience not born into my natural character, but born of Love-one that even give birth to a joyful kind of waiting that leans toward to love and seeking the nature of being a servant of The Lord rather than attempting to ‘master everything including time and the details of my external life. How much I needed to age, and suffer again and again before being molded to the beginnings of small wisdom – all by the Grace of Our Lord, My Father, Abba and His Merciful watch over me.
I hope that you enjoy this fascinating compilation of commentary from Precept Austin.
31 but they who wait for 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.
David McCasland asks…
Is there an obstacle between you and something that is rightfully yours? You believe it’s God’s will, but the method of obtaining it and the timing don’t seem right. Think long and pray hard before taking a bad path toward a good goal. Waiting for God to act is the best opportunity for the right things to happen His way.
O God, make me one of those rarest of souls
Who willingly wait for Thy time;
My impatient will must be lost in Thine own,
And Thy will forever be mine. —Bowser
As discussed at the outset of this note, clearly patiently waiting for Jehovah reflects an attitude of trusting and hoping in Him. John Calvin explains this interrelationship noting that “patience is the fruit and proof of faith” and “hope is the foundation of patience”. Calvin goes on to say that “There is no place for faith if we expect God to fulfill immediately what He promises.” (cp Ro 8:24, 25-note) In other words such a person is not trusting and thus is unwilling to wait patiently on Jehovah to fulfill His word.
His strength upon thy weakness waits,
His power for thy task.
What more, O child of all His care,
Could any great one ask?
—Annie Johnson Flint
The TWOT (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)explains that…
Waiting with steadfast endurance is a great expression of faith. It means enduring patiently in confident hope that God will decisively act for the salvation of his people (Ge 49:18). Waiting involves the very essence of a person’s being, his soul (nephesh; Ps 130:5).
Those who wait in true faith are renewed in strength so that they can continue to serve the Lord while looking for his saving work (Isa 40:31). There will come a time when all that God has promised will be realized and fulfilled (Is 49:23; Ps 37:9 Ed: When? In the Millennium).
In the meantime the believer survives by means of his integrity and uprightness as he trusts in God’s grace and power (Ps 25:21). His faith is strengthened through his testings, and his character is further developed (Ps 27:14). Israel is encouraged to hold fast to love and justice, i.e. they are to follow the law faithfully and maintain consistently the standards of justice, at the same time preserving an attitude of godly love (Ho 12:6; cf. Ps 37:34; Job 4:6). During times of visitation and judgment, the righteous must exercise great faith (Is 26:8; La 3:19-33).
Thus Isaiah confidently asserts,
I will wait (chakah) for the LORD, Who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope (put my trust in [Is 8:17NIV]; Lxx = peitho [word study]) in Him (Is 8:17).
(Ed: Note the clear association of waiting and hoping/trusting.)
When God arrives on the scene with redemptive power, the response of those who have waited will be jubilant joy and great singing (Isa 25:9).
Testimony….When I walk “in The Lord” I shall never be weary for I abide in Him. All that would burden or slow me is lifted; He invites me to give all to Him and be freed by His power. My strength is in Him. We can run what ever distance is given to us by life and knowing that The Lord is holding us, His hand upon our shoulders, His own Life carrying us forward in the boldest and deepest of ways…we are are revived, given more Love that we could measure with mortal ways and His Spirit leads us on to victory as sons and daughters of God who has redeemed us through his son, Christ Jesus. My heart never fatigues…the part that faces days and nights of this earthly life may become weary but the Heart reborn in Christ live in Joy that cannot be repressed by this world.