God's Promise To Those Who Wait

God's Promise To Those Who Wait | June 11, 2022

Life often presents seasons of waiting on God, a crucial part of our faith journey. We wait for answers, breakthroughs, confirmation, direction, and provision. Sometimes, the waiting can be challenging, and we may be tempted to give up. However, it's essential to remember God's promises for those who patiently wait on the Lord during these times of uncertainty.

Isaiah 40:21 says, "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." This promise is a beacon of hope, a reassurance that in our waiting, God will renew our strength and enable us to soar above our challenges.
Isaiah 40:21 holds one of the most precious promises in the Bible. The context reveals that the prophet Isaiah encouraged the Jewish exiles during their captivity in Babylon. It's interesting that the Hebrew translation for wait (qawah) is not 'passive' but 'active.' This underscores the ongoing nature of Isaiah's message of comfort and instruction to actively wait on God.

Secondly, the imagery of an eagle is significant in God's message to Israel and His promises to His people today. For instance, the Scriptures use eagles to illustrate God's faithfulness in leading His people out of Egyptian bondage in Exodus 19:4 and Deuteronomy 32:11. The statement here is that God's people will soar above their troubles like an eagle who rises above the storms of life. Eagles, unlike most birds, are created with huge and heavy wings. They don't have to flap their wings to stay in the air; instead, they stretch out their large wings to soar. Eagles also wait for thermals, which are large atmospheric gusts, so that they can become airborne. In some cases, eagles will perch and wait for several days until a wind thermal comes.  Therefore, inclement blustery conditions typically provide outstanding wind thermals, meaning the eagle purposely seeks them out instead of avoiding storms! Like the eagle, we can face our challenges head-on, knowing that enduring temporary atmospheric adversity will lead us to peaceful skies above the storm.

We, too, need to remember that God has created us to soar, not sink. Like the eagle, we need to allocate our strength correctly and not give in to impatience. God has promised that we can soar above adversity no matter how big the storm is!

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