By CBM National intern, Mark Martens-
The term “wait,” as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.” I will be honest with you; sometimes I find it hard to wait. In fact, when I think about it, I have a really hard time waiting. From the first time that my alarm goes off, I am already off thinking about what the day has ahead of me. I then proceed to keep myself busy for the majority of the day. However, on days like these, I can find myself exhausted and that’s when I’m reminded of a certain truth.
In Isaiah 40:30 it says, “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.” There have been many times throughout my life that I felt like verse 30 was describing me, and there were times that I wondered why I felt the way that I did. I figured that if I was serving the Lord and trying to do the right thing that I would be okay. But, most of the time I felt like I just could not go on any further. That’s where verse 31 comes in. It says, “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.” This verse still encourages me as much as the first time I read it. God continually teaches me this lesson every single day.
Just recently, I have been applying this truth in a new way. At first when I read the verse, I was like, “Okay, I need to spend time with the Lord each day.” This truth still remains the same. We do need to spend some part of our day where we are quiet before God and we wait upon Him. These are great times to draw our strength from God. However, there have been times throughout my day where I could feel myself getting tired and worn out. It’s in those times that I have reflected on the tasks that I do throughout the day, no matter how small or insignificant, and how they can bring honor and glory to Him. I think about how God loves me and how He sent His Son to die on the cross for me. I take a moment and I wait upon Him.
I am so glad we serve a God who is so big. In verse 28 of Isaiah 40, it says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.” Why rely on our own strength when we have God, who never grows tired or weary, who wants to give us strength? All He wants us to do is wait.