“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” (Isa 40:31).
The imagery of the language here is not only beautiful, it is astounding. For its unfolds to us the secret of a full and meaningful life. It shows us in the simplest of ways what it takes to be a man or woman who enjoys the bounty of a life well lived.
The secret is found in the Lord's presence -- as we wait upon Him.
How few there are who will wait! Especially in these days of hurry and worry. We now live in those days that the prophets of old foretold, when people "run to and fro throughout the earth."
Hustling about for the deal of a lifetime they boast too much, pray too little, act too soon, think too late, and change too slowly. Eventually they bowl over, burn out or blow up -- because they were built for life of a different kind; a life well-lived in the blessings of the Lord.
Did you know that there is a better way? You can experience a renewal that brings such a supply of God's blessings that you "fly like an eagle!"
Look at the verse again. "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."
It all hinges on that one word: wait. The word means "to bind together" -- like the strands in a rope, intertwining together.
The picture is full of purpose and action, rather than passively waiting in silence as we might mistakenly suppose. There is power and purpose in this season of "intertwining" with the Lord. An awesome merge is occurring in which a great exchange is taking place.
We will look at that tomorrow.