Wait on the Lord
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. (Isa 40:31)
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books
is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss
always has some big ideas in his books not only for children but also for grownups.
In this book, he tells us that it is all too often that we will have setbacks
in life. He calls our low point in life the “slump.” “Un-slumping yourself is
not easily done.” To make matters worse, Dr. Seuss warns, making choices at
this time will be difficult and waiting for an opportunity is not easy.
Don’t we all have times when
things are going south and we are hitting rock bottom? We try to remain calm,
to stay upbeat and think positive. But, how do we un-slump? Turn to the Bible
and review our favorite verses. Pray for courage, strength and wisdom. Dear Lord, please show me the light. And
He will. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”
Waiting is a process and a trial.
Fear makes waiting unbearable. Fear of the unknown can weaken our faith and
spirit. Imagine the fear when the Israelites faced the expanse of water in
front of them, and heard the approaching Egyptian soldiers at the same time.
Panic didn’t do any good. Then, Moses said, “Stand still and see the salvation
of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today” (Ex 14:13). To wait on our
Lord, we have to stand still and stay calm. Acknowledge Him, and let Him take
over to decide what is best. He will accomplish things for us. It may not be
immediate, but we just have to wait and see.
When we wait on the Lord, we have
hope. Afflictions in life can easily cripple us if we lose hope. Hope will
sustain us during the waiting period. We don’t merely wait for an opportunity
as if it’s all by chance. All opportunities and turning points are provided by
Oh, the places we will go! God has
promised us that we shall mount up with wings like eagles, and run and not be weary.
Question for Reflection:
Whether or not you are going
through a difficult period in life right now, have you slowed your heart down
to ponder upon God’s words and to wait on the Lord?