Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 07/31/2022
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“But those who 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.” Is. 40:31
At any given time in the course of our lives we are, with out a doubt, waiting for something.
It could be mundane and trivial:
Waiting in traffic, or at the store
Waiting for a meal
Waiting for an event to start; ball game, show, etc.
It could be more pressing:
Waiting for medical test results
Waiting to hear from a loved one in danger
Waiting for a trial or illness to pass
It could be global, even spiritual:
Waiting for the salvation of loved ones
Waiting for revival
Waiting for justice
These examples are expressions of waiting that are part of the human experience. A few months ago, in our study on the subject of hope, we saw how hope is forward looking, and sited Rom. 8:25, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
Ultimately our waiting translates in to waiting upon God. God is the author and executor of the narrative. He is sovereign, He lives outside of time, He holds the future and our very existence in the palm of His hand.
Much of our waiting is tied up with a longing to move from an uncomfortable state to a comfortable state, however that translates.
In our verse we see how there is value and purpose in the waiting. One might say that we should wait to wait.
Notice some great examples of waiting in the Scripture:
Jn. 11:5,6 “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed (waited) two more days in the place where He was.” The word in the text is also translated, “abode” or “remained”.
Mary and Martha were also waiting!
In another portion of Scripture (Mt. 8:8) a centurion said to Jesus, “But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.”Jesus did and he was.
What was the purpose of waiting in Jn. 11
Mary and Martha were more intimately connected with Jesus.
His passion was close at hand.
There was greater impact because of the wait
Nothing God does in without purpose!
We are intimately connected with Jesus
His second coming is close at hand. Closer that when we first believed.
There is always greater impact to build faith when we wait upon Him.
Isaiah is prophesying judgment over the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, but in ch. 40 a beautiful reprieve breaks out, looking beyond God’s temporal judgment, toward the very events that we all long for and wait for.
Consider how God waits for us. Is. 30:18, “And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you…”
Andrew Murray, in Waiting On God, writes of this verse. “If He waits for us, then we may be sure that we are more than welcome – that He rejoices to find those He has been seeking for.”
God waited to send Jesus; Gal. 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time had come, Cod sent forth His Son…”
Jesus presently waits for His bride. Rev. 21:2 & 9
Waiting builds our faith, develops our trust, tests our resolve and “renews our strength”.
Rom. 5 says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, (waiting through tribulations), knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character hope.”
If all this virtue surrounds waiting, how then shall we wait?
We should embrace waiting, seeing it as part of God’s design.
We should wait with patients, which is a fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22
We should wait with joy, since “the joy of the LORD is your strength. Neh. 8:10. Waiting and joy are both related to strength.
Like everyone else, I hate waiting!
But consider, in closing, A.M. “Do believe that in waiting on God, His greatness and your littleness suit and meet each other most wonderfully. Just bow in emptiness and poverty an utter weakness, in humility and meekness, and surrender to His will before His great glory, and be still. As you wait on Him, God draws near. He will reveal Himself’ as the God who will mightily fulfill his every promise. And, let you heart continually take up the song: ‘Blessed are all they that wait for Him.’”
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