Waiting On The Lord
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.
Have you ever wondered what it means to wait on the Lord? I have often heard Christians say things like, "I'm waiting on God," typically in reference to waiting to see Him take some action on their behalf. What does it mean that through waiting on the Lord we find strength? I use to think that somehow by choosing to sit around and wait on God I would be infused with some supernatural strength of some kind.
The word "wait" in Hebrew is the word קוה (qavah), which means "to wait in ambush" or to have a posture of heart and attitude of eager expectation. Waiting means having a sense of certainty in the action of God on the basis of one's familiarity with His character and nature. To wait is not to sit back and twiddle one's thumbs, but rather it is to be fully persuaded that God will demonstrate Himself in your situation.
Waiting is the direct result of submitting your cares, worries, and concerns into the ever-capable hands of your loving Abba. Waiting is an attribute of faith and essential to true rest. For it is the result of committing your circumstance to God and being certain of faithfulness. Committing your issues into His hands does not necessarily mean that your emotional discomfort regarding your circumstance will be eliminated, but it does mean that you have made a decision to trust Him based on your familiarity with who He is. Your feelings may nag at you and that's fine. Acknowledge them and discuss it with God. But waiting is that expression of letting go and fixing your gaze on the Lover who has called you by name. It is an intimate expression of reckless vulnerability. It is an act of courageous confidence in the goodness of God.
The strength comes not from some supernatural injection of divine ability, but rather it comes from resting in the certainty of our knowledge of His faithfulness. One cannot keep a death-grip on worry, and wait on God. When our eyes become illumined by His glory, and we recall who He is, fear and worry slip easily from our hands. We find strength not in and of ourselves, but in the unchanging nature of our faithful Father.
Like eagles we will soar in freedom, we will sprint without needing to catch our breath, we will walk and never experience exhaustion. All because we have braved vulnerability and have chosen to cast our cares onto the Lord. Now we wait, eagerly expecting to see the miraculous manifestation of our ever-faithful Abba!