Most of you will be familiar with the words of Isaiah 40 v 31 ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength’. Are you as familiar with the setting of these words. A few verses earlier the writer asks who it is who is saying ‘My way is hid from the Lord’. The Message Bible renders this as ‘Who is complaining “God has lost track of me”.’ Strong words.
Waiting is not the easiest thing to do. We are impatient people. God doesn’t always act on our timetable, nor does He always reveal how He is going to answer our prayers, yet we are still commanded to pray. Earlier on in the book of Isaiah we read in chapter 26 ‘People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet because they keep at it and don’t quit.’ – Message Bible
I learnt recently that the word ‘wait’ has its origins in a Hebrew word connected with rope making. If you have ever tried to break a rope you will know how difficult or even impossible that is. The rope maker started with one thread, but as he added more and more the rope became stronger and stronger. In medieval England a wait was an attendant who woke you – who stirred you into action. There will be times when we are impatient, but if we stay focused on God, if we wait upon Him it is we who will be strengthened. And watch out – because time spent focused on the Lord may well result in your being stirred into action too.