“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
I must admit that patience is not a top priority on our list of must-do priorities. Oh, you have a list and so do I, whether it’s actually written down somewhere or mentally stored in your consciousness where you are checking it off as you go through the day. These lists are designed for us to do as much as humanly possible in one day. They are supposed to bring order to the chaotic American schedule. Well . . . how’s it going for you today? That’s what I thought. Either that list has become so astronomically large you can’t even begin to scratch the surface. Or, your day has become so tight to adhere to the regulations of your list that there is no room to breathe or experience any joy, zapping the strength right out of you.
Now, there are some who have mastered the list and still manage to have a life. But, they are few and far between. For us average folk the list has become a foe. If we don’t get everything done on it, it tends to point out our deficiencies making us feel that we will never get on top of it all. Or, if we do complete it, we are to the point of exhaustion: physically, mentally and spiritually.
Most of us do need to tone up in the area of good organizational methods, but the drive that leads us to put so much on our plate at one time has become unrealistic. This culture mainly thrives here in America where our nation has become success-obsessed. This cause can be mainly contributed to our impatience. Not waiting for things to naturally come and fall into place through a good, hard, regular work ethic. Instead, we try to push and force success in an unnatural, over-obsessed way.
Not only does this ring true in secular society but also for us who are in Christ. In our haste to see things happen, to see things move we try to force the hand of God. And, when He is not moving according to our supposed schedule, the list comes out and the push to get things going unnaturally propels us to take matters into our own hands. Though patience is a fruit of the Spirit it is a fruit that most of us have yet to develop. I understand how hard it is to wait for anything. But, sometimes it’s as if God is saying to us, “I’ve got this.” For us, there is a humble submission of our will so that the promise can be completed.
Through chapter forty of the book of Isaiah God is stating His case before us. He is listing all the reasons one can trust Him with whatever you are going through. He is the preparer and fulfiller of our soul’s salvation (VSS. 3-5). It is His Word that is sure and will “stand for ever,” (VSS. 6-8). He is your God and rules in power and with Him, He is bringing a reward (VSS. 9-10). He is our provider and has promised to care for us (vs. 11). He has shown forth His creative power (vs. 12). He is omniscient, possessing unlimited knowledge (VSS. 13-14). Everything else is insufficient to handle the task (VSS. 15-17). The works of men are useless (VSS. 19-20) in comparison to the awesome majesty of God (VSS. 21-23). “To whom then will you like me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One,” (vs. 25). “He is strong in power” (vs. 26) and “fainteth not, neither is weary,” (vs. 28). He is screaming out, “I am your Help!” (vs. 29). So the admonishment to “wait” is because He’s got this! He can handle it! There is no greater power – no greater resource outside of him! So, wait!
Waiting is not always easy. Not by a long shot. But, the fruit it produces can really turn out to be a beautiful thing, a beautiful promise fulfilled, and a beautiful end to the story. The lists prioritizing our lives will go on but we don’t have to force our way to success. Life is burdensome enough without adding all the extra stresses to it. “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God,” (Isaiah 40:1). Today, I will wait on God. I don’t have to force anything. In all the prosperity messages coming across the pulpit sometimes we have to remind people, and ourselves, to just wait. It’s not worth it any other way.