But those who 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.
I translate this as everyday people such as you and me who know how to wait for the Lord. We are His children, a people who expect, look for, and have our hope in Him. We shall have our lives and circumstances changed and renewed by His Spirit. He is our strength and power; we shall lift our spirits and rise up to be close to God as eagle are to the sky. We will run the race striving to win the victory and not be weary, we shall walk the road of righteousness and not faint or become tired under any burden, for God is our strength.
Have you ever been so tired, worn out, stressed out, and smashed down, that you think you can’t even take one more step? Do you feel like you are completely spent, totally done?
Sometimes in life we seem to be going from crisis to crisis. There are times when our friends and family drain all the energy from us as we give all our time and energy to them, and we find ourselves wiped out from giving to everyone and their needs. But the Lord wants to give you a new strength, and to renew your strength. He wants you to have life, and live it in abundance. God intends a wonderful fruitful life for us. Sometimes the key to that is stopping, and waiting on Him to carry out His will in our lives.
All of us seem to grow impatient when we have to wait. A lot of times because of the hustle and bustle of our lives, we rush through life without stopping to check where we are going, or what we are doing. Part of the process of God’s wondrous ability to bless our lives is you and I taking the time to slow down and listen for His voice. As we slow down and wait on Him, we are reminded of our complete dependence on His strength. If we take the time to stop slow down and wait, as we seek His will He will reveal His plan for our lives.
Reading His Word, and waiting on the Lord is never passive: it is always active. Waiting upon the Lord requires us to stop, cease our own pursuits and give our Lord and Savior our complete undivided attention. Sometimes that means giving up some of the things that we spend all our time doing. Some of the things that seem to inundate our lives that we spend the majority of our spare time doing, such as watching TV, surfing the internet, etc.
Waiting on Him may mean that we take an entire day, we must set aside all our regular pursuits, and give Him our complete attention. It may take a day, it may take a week, and it may even take a month or even more. The key is to wait on Him, be absolute and patient, and let His will and direction be the foundation our life. We may have to take time to be alone and sit quietly before Lord and listen for the sound of His voice. If we ask him, God has promised us through His Word that He will show us the resources that He has provided for us to accomplish all the work and struggle that we have attempted to do on our own.
The Lord may deal with our heart as we feel some conviction for activities and pursuits that He has not directed in our lives. We need to understand and realize that Jesus Christ carried more responsibility than we do, He carried the sins of the world on His shoulder, and laid down his life for us that he may bear our sorrows, carry our burdens and renew our strength. There are more people in this world that need Christ than they need any one of us, that’s for sure. But as many of those that need Him, He is never overwhelmed or inadequate to supply their needs.
Jesus offers to guide you and encourage you so that you will fulfill your heavenly Fathers will and renew your strength that is need to carry on and live your life to its fullest.
”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
What a strange paradox that a man already weary and overloaded must take a new weight upon him, in order to be eased and find rest! This is the wondrous power of the cross.
Jesus is telling us that when we let our own pride and anger rule, there is nothing but mental stress and agony in our lives; but when the meekness and humility of Christ dwells in our hearts, all is smooth, even, peaceable, and quiet; for the work of righteousness is peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness, calm and peace in Christ Jesus.
The grace of God in Christ Jesus imposes nothing that is difficult. On the contrary, it provides for the complete removal of all that which oppresses and renders you and I miserable.
Taste and know, be waiting, seeking and experiencing the Lord. See for yourself how good the Lord is, and how worthy his yoke is to be taken, borne, and loved. Learn how to find renewed strength as you wait upon Him, confidently knowing that He will be your strength to endure all that is before you.