Friday, November 22, 2013

Rooted: Waiting

This morning I woke up with this passage in mind.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3


Then I immediately thought about this one: 

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 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. Isaiah 40:30-31


Here are a three takeaways:
1 • Waiting as translated from the original Hebrew word qavah is a verb that means to wait eagerly, with expectation. It means to wait but with endurance, even stretching. Some translators also give us the image of a cord. If you look closely to its structure, cords are bound together so strongly that it is difficult to break.
2 • There are advantages of waiting on the Lord: God hears us, puts a new song in our mouths and renews our strength.
3 • As we wait and God acts on our behalf, people will see it, fear and trust in the Lord. I'm amazed that waiting can serve as a visual testimony!

If you happen to be waiting on the Lord, this is your reminder that He will hear you, your strength will be renewed and your story will be a testimony of God's goodness and grace. Know that as you wait, you are rooted in God. Let's stay there and be nurtured by His amazing care for us.

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