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…But those who HOPE in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40.31 (NIV)
A few weeks ago the overhead screen connection was not working properly at church – I am one of those who still carries her Bible to worship every week. There’s just something about paper, highlighter, penned notes in margins — I think most of you will “get that.” Maybe not all services require note-taking but our new Pastor Tim? He’s starting to bring out the meat and the potatoes! Amen? Put the baby formula away and let’s get out the adult food in The Word! He told us to turn to Colossians 3…well my Bible fell open to Isaiah 40.31. Yes, Lord.
I know how this works!!! Holy Spirit doesn’t have to body-slam me. I knew there was something on THAT page, God wanted me to notice.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall fly with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 40.31 (Susan’s translation) (NKJV)
On my “notes” sheet, I wrote down: wait, renew, fly, run, walk. Again, YES, LORD.
We are selling our home of 30-years and starting a brand new chapter of life. A chapter of semi-retirement, travel, living in a downtown flat, and living near our daughter. But, as selling real estate goes, this is a journey of difficulty.
O! sweet Lord, we have waited so very long. We have been ever so faithful. We are ready to do this yesterday. Wait, You say?
Being a student of The Word, I went digging on that word WAIT!
wait, qavah (kah-vah); Strong’s #6960: To wait for, look for, expect, hope. This verb is found some 50 times. Qavah is the root of the noun tiqvah, “hope” or “expectancy.” Qavah expresses the idea of “waiting hopefully” (Genesis 49.18; Job 30.26; Psalm 40.1; Isaiah 5.4; and Isaiah 25.9).
Insert happy, hallelujah, thank You Jesus dance.
My good, good Father has never let me down – He has not disappointed me; He’s got me – He’s got us, hubs and me — I am going to wait hopefully; my strength He is going to renew and refresh; we are going to flap our wings and fly; we are going to run, we are going to walk and we are not going to faint.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name… in Your economy Waiting is Hoping. Hope in The One who loves us and sings over us. The One who wants His very best for us. The One who tells us He will not leave us or forget about us. Father, let us change our attitude about waiting into a tangible HOPE of Your favor and blessing. You have us in the palm of Your holy hand and there is no better place to be than IN YOU. Amen.