They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40: 31 KJV)
Why does this chapter end with a climax in reverse? Surely faithful believers should be walking first…. then running…. yea, even flying! No…. Flying is exciting, but in the long-term, walking is more important!
Certainly this applied as God’s ancient people began to rebuild their lives after oppressive exile. And walking steadily with God over the months is the vital secret of today’s disciple. How is it done?
1. STAY SERVANT. ‘Wait.’ Every day ask ‘How can I best please and serve you, Lord - and others?’ When working with people, nothing of value can be achieved until we have proved our servanthood.
2. STAY STUDENT. ‘Waiting’ also implies spiritual appetite! Got a Bible? What about a bit every day? Friends at any Bible-aware church should be able to help any one of us find the right approach and programme for regular Bible intake, both at church and on our own.
3. STAY VIGILANT. Strength is ‘renewed’ by watching out – for one’s own soul and for others. In prayer the thought will arise, “What’s happening to John? To Susan? I’ll find out!” And there’s something about small groups that is mutually protective.
4. STAY VALIANT. The returning Jews had little idea of what awaited them as they returned to their homeland. It is as God’s servants ‘wait on the Lord’ daily that a reservoir of courage builds up against whatever the forthcoming weeks and months may bring. Four tips; let’s get going!….