He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 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.
Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV
Waiting goes against what we naturally and culturally do. But when our natural inclination is to step on the gas, God is often telling us to hit the brakes.
Waiting is often difficult because we equate it with inactivity. But waiting, which can also be translated as hoping, means to wait with expectation, to look for. The implication is that we are waiting and watching with expectation towards what God is going to do.
During these periods of waiting, God is often refueling and refining us for what He has in store. Everything around you needs to be refueled after much use.
Your car has to stop for gas, your body needs to sleep, and your cell phone needs to be recharged. So, why can’t this be the case with our spiritual life as well?
What may seem like inactivity from our perspective is often purposeful preparation from God’s perspective. Be encouraged that those who wait end up even stronger after the Lord renews them.
If you are in one of those seasons…
- Are you allowing God to refuel you?
- Are you tuning into His voice?
- Are you recognizing His activity around you?
How do you respond to these periods of waiting on God?