By Marni Montanez
Isaiah 40:31 (New King James)
But those that wait on 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.
To wait on the Lord is an internal process of shifting our attention solely upon God. It is a peace within knowing that any steps guided by our Savior will be successful steps.
To wait is simply to trust or hope in the Lord. The attitude of your heart needs to be dependent on God’s wisdom and justice with an intimate knowledge that God is in control. This is peace.
Some versions of this verse replace the word wait with hope or trust; so waiting is an internal active participation in hoping and trusting in God alone; not in what He will do, but in who He is.
Hope revives and trust restores, but doubt weighs down. With doubt comes an oppressiveness that depletes our strength. But strength arises when we plunge into the power of the Holy Spirit in faith and believe in His unwavering goodness toward us.
Mounting up with wings like eagles is to ascend or rise up. This is a motion toward becoming what you were meant to be. God wants us to ascend to heavenly places where our spirit is the dominant force in our lives.
The more we prepare ourselves for ascending to that higher calling, the deeper we go into the presence of God. When you do not prepare or mount up to where God wants you to go, your spiritual muscles will atrophy. It takes a wise eagle momma to get the bird out of the nest.
This is also true for our heavenly Father. Our relationship with Him is ongoing and active. In order to go anywhere, in order to get out of our comfort zone, we have to spread our spiritual wings in faith and move forward. The transformation from flesh to spirit allows us the strength and ability to be in Christ. In so doing our stamina to endure the attacks of the enemy, becomes stronger.
Remember, we have an enemy who lives in the spiritual and does not tire. He is relentless and unceasing. If he can wear us down, he can defeat us. We need to be unhindered by the chains of this world. We need to be free as Christ set us free. This is when we can run with great speed and perseverance and walk the walk with boldness and relentless pursuit of God and HIs kingdom.
Challenge: Strengthen your spirit in those moments of fear or doubt by
speaking words of trust and hope. Thank God for what you are dealing with
and how He will turn it around. Allow God to mend and restore and grow your
“After the wait, I fly higher, run longer and walk stronger in the Lord.”
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.