All of us at some time or another have had to spend time waiting on a very long line trying to get into somewhere or trying to leave from a particular place. If you were at a large retail store during a weekend sale you have seen how all checkout registers can be filled with people. If you have gone to a conference, a concert or a fireworks show, the people trying to get into these venues sometimes line up at the entrance as early as Five to Six AM in the morning. When the event is over and they began to leave the parking lot the traffic is so long, that it can take almost an entire hour before you get on the parkway to drive home.
Being in a very long line can sometimes be frustrating and even tempting sometimes to get out of the line and not attend the conference. However, because you paid your hard earn money and you could be refunded for your tickets, you stayed in line though wait seems forever. The same way waiting in these long lines can be taxing on our patience, there are things in our spiritual life that can reveal how much we know how to wait on the Lord.
Throughout the word of God, we can find various scriptures that can help to encourage us on how to wait on the Lord in areas of our life where we find ourselves losing our patience. The word of God has the ability to show us ourselves and how we are short on patience in dealing with certain people, places, and things. However, for the purpose of this blog post, I will share three points which we can help to remind us that when things are not happening fast enough for us we should not get discouraged. The first point that I would like to highlight is that when it comes to choosing to wait on the Lord, the decision to do it or not to do it will affect our attitude. The second point that I will also touch on is as born-again believers we have been called by the Lord to be eagle Christians. The final point that I will address in our discussion is when we choose to wait on the Lord in our circumstances it is the Lord who will always help us to have our second spiritual wind.
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).
You have a decision to make
Do you remember a time when you had to wait for someone for an extended period of time that wore on your patience? Did you find yourself becoming agitated the more you had to wait? As you were waiting did you find yourself starting to complain about the situation or allowing yourself to be influenced by others who complained? Maybe you were at the doctor office for an appointment and you arrived on time. However, after getting there on time your doctor was so back up with patients that it cause you to wait longer than what you had intended to. You may have caught the bus home from work one evening and when you got to you’re connecting bus, the bus that you needed to catch was late an hour. When we find ourselves in these scenarios we have to make the decision to wait with the right attitude which would please the Lord. We have to make the decision to wait with the right attitude so that we do not allow the negative moment to rob us of our joy and our peace.
In Isaiah 40:31 the prophet Isaiah states in the word of God that “they that wait of the Lord shall renew their strength”. Which means that we as believers have to see the value on how waiting can help to transform us into being the person we need to be. In the Amplified Bible, that same verse says those who make the decision to wait for the Lord will have an expectation that the Lord will move in their circumstances. The person who makes the decision to wait with the right attitude in dealing with their life issues will not focus on the thing that is frustrating them but their focus is on the Lord. When we choose to make the decision to wait on the Lord we will have His joy which gives us strength. Not only do we have the joy of the Lord, but we have His peace to anchor our emotions so that we do not lose sight of the lesson in patience we are to master. Those who choose not to wait on the Lord and not grow with patience allow themselves to be robbed of their joy, their peace and having a negative attitude.
You are called to be an eagle
The second reason why it is important for us to wait on the Lord with the right attitude is that the Lord has called us to be eagle Christians. When we are waiting on the Lord regarding a particular area of our life that does not mean that we just pray and twiddle our fingers. On the contrary, verse thirty-one says that when we are waiting we are to “mount up on eagle’s wings”. To mount up on eagles wings means that we do not allow the just winds of life to overwhelm us that we throw in the towel and quit. An eagle when it is about to soar in the sky it does not flap its wings but it extends its wings so that the wind can lift it up to soar in the sky. When we are waiting between the sowing and the reaping, we are to allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to lift us up above what we are dealing with and soar in the spirit as an eagle Christian. We are to bless the Lord with all our souls as the psalmist declared and allow the Lord to renew our strength which will allow us to rise above the just winds of life (Psalms 103:5).
Also when we learn to wait on the Lord, our waiting helps us to find our identity in the Christ. When we are in a season of waiting we are not to run around like chickens which are fearful of trying to find somewhere to hide. When we are in a season of waiting we are not to behave ourselves as a parrot which repeats what it hear others say but have no conviction of its own. When we are in a season of waiting we should not behave like a raven only looking out for itself and having no regard for others around them. However, as we wait on the Lord, that we would conduct ourselves as an eagle which has the vision to see things from God’s perspective. The Lord has called us to be eagle Christians because an eagle only soars with eagles and not only birds that do not share its characteristics. Are their times in our lives where we are afraid, selfish and listen to people more than we should listen to the Lord? The answer for all of us is yes, however, the Lord never called us to be chicken, a parrot, or a raven, He has called you and me to be an eagle.
Your spiritual second wind
The final point that I will address in our discussion is when we choose to wait on the Lord He will help us to catch our second spiritual wind. In the previous verse of Isaiah 40:31, the Lord stated that “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall”. This means that we can be hit with a punch that hurts us so hard that we feel like we cannot get back up before the count of ten. Through our periods of waiting, things can happen to us which discourages us and our desire to keep running is drained from our very being. However, when those times come upon us the Lord says in His word that He will give us the ability to rise from the canvas of defeat. The second part of Isaiah 40:31 says because we have decided to wait on the Lord, we “should run and not get weary”. As we mount up on eagles wings we will be able to “walk and not faint” soaring over the drama that is around us.
In the world of sports, we have all heard the statement made by an athlete they were once tired but later on had to catch their second wind. The same way that an athlete has to catch his second wind our decision to wait on the Lord will help us to catch our spiritual second wind. You may say Elder Strong I feel that I am so weak that I don’t know how I can ever have the strength to recover from what I been through. Well, if that is you, my sister or brother, the Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians believers in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness”. When you are at your weakest and you are going through your refining process that is when He gives you your spiritual second wind. The infirmities that you may have been afflicted by are not greater than the power of Christ resting upon you. As you receive your spiritual second wind, this day you will be able to “run through a troop and leap over a wall because it is Christ who strengthen you” (Philippians 4:13 and Psalms 18:29). Our seasons of waiting are God’s divine opportunities to help us to make the right decisions, become eagle Christians and catch our spiritual second wind to finish the work that the Lord has given us (John 17:4).