Trust and Wait

Are you tired? Are you weary?
 
In Isaiah 40 we see a perfect illustration of the One who does not tire. We see a God who is good and remains faithful to His promises.
 
“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak, and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:28-29 NLT
 
The promise that is clear in this passage is that God never suffers setbacks. The most beautiful thing is that He helps us when we have our setbacks. Sometimes it can feel like we are headed in a great direction and maintain a good rhythm only for something to come and knock us over, gasping for air and struggling to make sense of what just occurred. For many of us, the past several years have brought new setbacks that have left us reeling. But God in His great goodness never left us. He has been with us, faithful through it all, to help us. Have you felt weak? Have you felt powerless? Just like the Israelites, we often feel like God has forgotten us or given us unfair circumstances when it is the result of sin ravaging our world. Look up. God will give you power and strength when you choose Him.
 
“Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 NLT
 
Even at our best, our strength will fail. To remain steadfast and to persevere through any trial and hardship is through God and God alone. To trust is to wait. To wait is to trust in the Lord. We get to savor, believe, and marinate in the promises of God until His promises are fulfilled. Sometimes this can feel difficult and from a human perspective, impossible. When we allow our spirit to wait, it is by the Spirit that we will live. By the Spirit, living, breathing, and doing the impossible then becomes our very way of life. It is there that we will find fresh breath and renewed strength.
 
The eagle can rise above the darkness and find the sun above the clouds. The eagle then finds a good wind and spreads out its wings, trusting that by doing so, it can glide with the wind and rest. It still takes a certain amount of work but striving can cease above those clouds and in the perfect catch of the wind. We must be like the eagle. Focus on the Son and rise above the pain, grief, and suffering we may be going through. Wait on the promises, spread our wings in trust that a fresh wind will catch our wings into a perfect glide across the sky. This is what freedom is like amidst trials and even in the mundane tasks of life. How beautiful it is that we have a God that will carry us and renew us when our human strength fails, and we find ourselves once again needing to reset and recenter our gaze on His promises.
 
He is good. He is faithful.
 
God helps us.
 
Won’t you give Him a chance? Won’t you choose His way of living?
 
Wait. Can you not see a God coming to your aid just like the rising sun after a night of mourning? God is faithful. He does not grow weary, and He knows that you do. Lean back in His loving arms and dwell on the promises that are and are soon to be. Soar like the eagle.
 
Trust and wait.

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