Waiting has never been something I was very good at.  In traffic, at the store, in the mall, if I never had to wait, I would be just fine.  As a matter of fact, our society is centered today on not waiting.  Fast food, instant massaging, home delivery, all in the name of quick and fast.  Waiting can even be more difficult when embracing major life changes or times of crisis. 

Yet we might at times be missing the very thing God calls us to do and uses to bless us;

Yet those who wait on the Lord, will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).

From this verse we learn that four things happen when we wait;

First, we gain new strength.  We may feel weak, even intimidated, when we turn to our Lord.  While waiting, amazingly we exchange our weakness for His strength.

Second, we get a better perspective.  It says we "will mount up with wings like eagles."  Eagles can spot fish in a lake several miles away on a clear day.  By soaring like eagles while waiting, we gain perspective on our situation.

Third, we store up extra energy.  "We will run and not get tired."  Notice, it's future tense.  When we do encounter the thing we have been dreading, we will encounter it with the new strength-extra energy will be ours to use.

Fourth, we will deepen our determination to persevere.  We "will walk and not become weary".  The Lord whispers reassurance to us.  He puts steel in our bones, so to speak.  We begin to feel increasingly more invincible.

We'll gain new strength.  We'll get better perspective.  We'll store up extra energy.  We'll deepen our determination to persevere.  All that happens when we....wait.

Words courtesy of Charles Swindoll from Great Days with the Great Lives

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1. Nik wrote:
1. Psalms 103:1-3 (A Psalm of David.) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that iswithin me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and fogert not all his benefits:Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;2. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD,thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.3. Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a goodwork in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:4. Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and withpower: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; forGod was with him.5. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.6. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I amcome that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.7. Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shallbelieve that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever hesaith.8. Matthew 18:18-20 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall bebound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. AgainI say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shallask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three aregathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.9. Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and healthto the bones.10. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and everytongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage ofthe servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 9:32 AM

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