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July 24, 2013

Waiting Upon God - Part 4

Part 4 of Waiting Upon God from Broken Bread by John Write Follette.

"But they who wait for 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 40:31, ESV).

The final meaning for the word Wait that Follette shares is to serve, or minister and closely follows the third meaning of watching expectantly. We see this kind of love and service from David's mighty men who broke through the enemy lines just to get David a drink of cool water from the well at Bethlehem. He did not command them, but they acted out of love with a desire to serve David. Follette says "They were near enough and still enough to hear David's sigh, and that sigh was to them a command." Are we near enough to God to hear His heart? Are we willing to wait in the Lord's presence until we are sent out to serve? This is what waiting upon the Lord is about.

Follette brings these four scriptural meanings of the word wait together. He says "To wait upon God is to have the heart hushed or silent in an expectant attitude, to hear what He might say that we might do His bidding."

Next Follette discusses the blessings that follow waiting on God. More on that in part 5...