But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
It seems inevitable at times in this wicked cruel world we live in that we often find ourselves in need of strength. Life has a way of wearing you out!
As we toil through the mundane stress of working jobs, paying bills, raising kids, etc… we find ourselves at the end of the day totally spent! Sometimes I feel like my bank account…drained of all my funds, and not making enough deposits to cover the difference!
Realistically, in my personal opinion, it is near impossible to survive in this world alone. How people make it without the Lord is a mystery to me. Maybe that’s why addictions such as drugs and alcohol, sexual immorality and the escapism mentality are at all time highs! Our world no longer understands how to deal with difficult situations. Instead of handling the root of the issue, more often than not we are trying to pluck the root off hoping nobody will notice! The unfortunate thing is, fruit grows back. Once the realization that the circumstance is beyond our control is met, then we turn to our escapism… drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, pornography, gangs, I dare even say video games! (I know that one seems a bit of a stretch, but if your idea of “winding down” after a tough day is plugging in that PlayStation… isn’t that escapism?)
Look at Abram’s life, he was chosen of the Lord; he was blessed and highly favored; he had a destiny that was spelled out in the stars and sands. Abram, in our eyes, had it easy; I wish God would spell out my future that way. Yet Abram had to do something we all struggle with… wait! And in Genesis chapter 12 the Bible says that there came a famine in the land. In other words, life caught up to Abram. What do I do now? Where do I turn? I don’t think I can handle this situation! So Abram did what many of us are guilty of doing, he ran to Egypt! I know, there are some of you who have never made a mistake; have always done the right thing under pressure. Congratulations! Your in a very small minority. This is human nature, we look for a solution, BEFORE we turn it over to the Lord. Because there is something innate about man, that makes him think he knows whats best for himself! (That’s scriptural… “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes…” –Proverbs 21:2)
So what solution do we have for the struggles of life then? How are we to overcome the wear and tear of trials and circumstances? Isaiah told us in chapter 40, we must learn to wait on the Lord. Well…there’s that word again…! I know what your thinking, “Waiting is what got me in this condition in the first place!” Before we apply this principle, first we must understand it’s meaning. To wait doesn’t refer to being idle, or simply being patient. It speaks of waiting in the same sense as a waiter would wait on tables. It means to serve, even when things aren’t going your way. Isaiah is speaking of a principle of consistency. After all the Apostle Paul informed us in Galatians 6:9, “…let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” It’s not the splash of faith that persuades God’s hand to move in your life, it’s your consistency. And through the consistency of your lifestyle, God will renew your strength!
Now that we understand what it means to wait on the Lord, let’s look at the rest of the text and get a better understanding of the power of this scripture! Isaiah said there is a promise to those who wait. They SHALL mount up with wings as Eagles; they SHALL run and not get weary; they SHALL walk and faint not. At first glance this sequence seems a bit backwards, and if it were literal it would be. Nobody learns to fly before they run or walk! But this isn’t speaking of a physical promise, but a spiritual one. Spiritually, we will experience all three of these dimensions once we learn consistency.
- They shall mount up with wings as eagles…
This dimension is referring to spiritual elevation. The first spiritual dimension you will experience is the dimension of elevation. Through your consistency and faithfulness, God will elevate you. Suddenly you’ll understand things you didn’t understand; here you’ll be more effective than you’ve ever been; your ministry will be more anointed. It’s the elevation of faith. Let me give you an example… David was faithful to God even as a shepherd. He was willing to put his own life in jeopardy to protect the sheep he was entrusted to oversee. When God saw that David took his ministry serious in the field, God sent Samuel the prophet to Jesse’s house and Samuel elevated David to King! Had David slacked in the field his future might have turned out different, but David served the Lord even when he didn’t receive accolades. You might be feeling like a loser because you’re still in the shepherds field; but you need to understand there is an elevation that comes to those who are consistent in the small things!
- They shall run, and not be weary
This dimension is referring to spiritual acceleration. This is the second spiritual dimension you will discover through “waiting” on the Lord. Suddenly without warning things will begin to accelerate rapidly in your life. You’ll go places you’d never thought you’d go, you’ll be doing things you never thought you’d do. Seemingly out of no-where things turn for the better, and God begins to pour out His blessings on your life! Job experienced this phenomenon, he stayed faithful even when he had been stripped of everything he loved and held dear. He refused to curse God and die, because his understanding of God wouldn’t allow him to so! When his trial came to an end, suddenly Job wasn’t without anymore! Things began to accelerate quickly as God not only restored Job everything he lost, he gave him twice as much in return! There are some people who have simply been trying to hold on through the storms of life, be encouraged; your faith is about to bring you to a dimension of acceleration!
- They shall walk, and not faint
This last dimension is dealing with spiritual determination. This is the final dimension of faith. Here is the ultimate goal of the church, to reach a level of determination that knows no other direction but forward! It is here where a church discovers how to pray until something happens; how to fast until something breaks. It’s here where no is no longer an option! Revival isn’t a possibility; revival is the will of God! Healing isn’t a possibility; healing has already been purchased! And like the parable of the widow and the unjust king, you can count on it; tomorrow and the same time, I’ll be here praying and fasting! Because my faith has placed me in a dimension of determination; I can’t accept no as an answer!
I believe every Christian needs to allow this principle to challenge you and to change you! Allow your faithfulness and your consistency elevate you, accelerate your destiny, and lead you to a determination that will revolutionize the “church” as we know it!