"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." Isaiah 40:31
Often there are two things that we think of when we read this verse. The first thing is that we think about waiting as sitting back doing nothing while expecting what we are hoping for to come. It is the same idea as waiting in a doctor's office-- you sit there until they call your name to go back. The second thing we think about is that the blessings of renewed strength are physical.
On one hand both ways of thinking are correct, but they are limited. The word for "wait" means more than just sitting still in expectation. It means to "twist" or "bind together" in the same way a rope is twisted together with several strands. This waiting means that we should "twist" ourselves together with the Lord. This is where that strength the verse talks about comes from. The more we "twist" ourselves together with Him through reading His word, hiding it in our hearts, applying it, standing in faith on His promises, seeking His face and communing with Him the stronger we become in Him.
This strength does not only refer to our physical person, but to the spirit man. The strength we gain is spiritual strength to stand in adversity, to keep going when the going gets tough, to return good for evil that is done to us, to hold fast to God's promises when the day becomes night and darkness and despair are all around us.
This twisting gives us the ability to mount up-- to rise above the circumstances and storms, to see things from God's perspective, to stay at peace and have joy because the problems are now under us.
It also gives us strength to run the race that is set before us. We aren't running a physical race like the Olympic athletes are to "obtain the gold". We are running a spiritual race to receive a prize that will be given to us when we stand before our beloved Savior one day.
As we are "twisted" more and more together with Him, we gain the strength that we need to "walk"-- walk in the Spirit and not after the flesh. It strengthens us to be able to keep going forward following the Lord and doing what He desires instead of our own desires.
So let's "twist" ourselves daily tighter and tighter to Him and we will gain the strength that we need to soar above the problems, to run the race that is set before us and to walk in the Spirit.
Have a great day. When we are twisted to the Lord, we gain the strength that we need, both physically and spiritually.
For further reading:2 Corinthians 12:9
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