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 40:31
Those who wait for the Lord. What does it mean to wait for the Lord? Have you ever run ahead of God? Maybe you were too impatient to let Him work out His plan, so you took matters in your own hand, and you ended up with a mess. If you did, how did it work out?
Waiting on God means that we apply Psalm 34:5, Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. It is trusting God to direct your steps, praying to Him and waiting for an answer before you act. It is also daily coming to God to ask His opinion on your day, not just going in your own energy and strength.
Shall renew their strength. Paul said in Colossians 1 that his goal was to teach and admonish everyone with all wisdom so that everyone would be mature in Christ. In verse 29 he gives away a little secret, “struggling with all of His energy, which works so powerfully within me.” This meant that Paul had to put a lot of time and his own energy into reaching others for Jesus, but He did it with Jesus’ strength and energy.
That is a big secret. The only way we can live the Christian life successfully is to let God live it through us via the Holy Spirit. Usually we don’t figure this out until we come to the end of ourselves, like through some sort of disabling injury or disease, or loss of a job or some situation where we are in over our heads.
Save yourself a lot of trouble and figure it out now! Philippians 4:13 reads I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, not I can do all things because I have so much strength. Come to God daily and ask for Him to give you His strength and wisdom for the day. Don’t rest in your own strength, wisdom and resources. They will quickly fail. If they don’t, you’re just full of your own pride, and that’s another issue.
They shall mount up with wings like eagles. The Holy Spirit is a part of the trinity. He is God’s personality and His job is to teach, convict, and guide us. His job is also to empower us, according to Acts 1:8, You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses… The Holy Spirit gives us the power not to sin, the power to set our mind on Heavenly things and not on ourselves, and He gives us the power to mount up with wings of eagles.
They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Many days when I’m already worn out and I just got out of bed, I find myself praying these verses. Psalm 18:29 says, For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. Claim God’s strength to equip you to do what He has called you to do. It’s funny that on those days when I’m driving to work with no energy and I’m calling out for it, when I’m driving home on those same roads, I’ll think: “I made it!” I’ll marvel that God did it, not that I did it. He’s that kind of a God.
I pray that God would give you His energy and strength. I pray that God would give you His power, wisdom, creativity and equipping for the day. May you mount up with wings like eagles and may you run and not grow weary. In Jesus name today may you leap over a high wall.