march 22nd - Wait
He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on 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 (NKJV)
God gives "power to the weak." Isaiah goes on to tell us that there will be circumstances that will test the exuberance and efforts of young men, to the point of utter and complete failure. What hope do any of us have in meeting the substantial challenges that life throws our way if even the strongest and most resilient among us fall short? It is somewhat disheartening to know that when it comes to life even the strongest--the most intellectual--the most influential--the most wealthy and the most powerful will all face failure. BUT, take heart, for our help comes from the Lord!
Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset made the following observation: "We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank." In a life that is literally coming at us at the speed of light we face the reality of the daily grind. The Lord can obviously use the process of life to shape us and to grind away that which He wants removed. In fact, Romans 8:28 indicates that He takes coerciveness of life and works it to our advantage.
So, who can survive this rat race? "Those who wait on the Lord!" What does that mean? It means that we rest in Him--we trust in Him--we run to Him--we find our joy in Him--we give our burdens to Him--we abide in Him--we find ourselves in Him--we are renewed by Him--we find forgiveness through Him--we raise our prayers to Him--we renew our minds through Him--we worship Him...
Think of life in this way. God is the creator--the center of the universe--He is the entity that holds the stars in place--and sustains and ever expanding universe. All the energy required to be the master of the universe is singularly found in God. God is also at the center of life itself. He breathes life into everything that has life. The creation of life and the sustaining thereof all rest upon God. So, when it comes to dealing with our ability to cope and to simply exist, we look to God.
The happenings of life wear us out and then wear us down. We run out of the energy to meet the challenge in our own strength. So, we wait...and wait...and wait on the Lord. We rest in Him. We recharge our emotional batteries. We are restored and sustained by being connected to the giver of life. And, "Yes;" We mount up with wings like eagles--We run--We walk--We cope--We endure--We live--We win!
Author's Note: No doubt, sometimes life beats me up and I grow incredibly weary. But, I have found the promise of Isaiah to be true. In the words of the Psalmist describing God, I find Him to be my Rock, My Shield, My Fortress, My Strong Tower, My Refuge, and My Strength! Time to relax in Him...time to simply wait. RJD