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July 27, 2013

Waiting Upon God - Part 7

Part 7 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 two blessings as a result of waiting are to run and not grow weary and to walk and not faint. Follette suggest that while this may seem anticlimactic after Issiah's reference to mounting up, it's really a logical result of waiting on the Lord. Soaring in the heavens is our promised hope for the future, but before that we must learn to walk, then run, then fly. As I've said before, the exchange of natural for spiritual strength changes things. We may think we're walking, moving forward, getting stuff done for the kingdom, but when we spend time waiting in God's presence, we may find we've been standing still. Jesus said "Without me you can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5). When we're with Him, we begin to walk in His strength without growing weary, then we begin to run, and then fly.

What a wonderful promise this verse is. Few verses are quoted as much as this one, but I think few people understand what it means to wait upon the Lord. I pray the Holy Spirit will continue to teach us the meaning of this discipline and help us give ourselves fully to waiting on God.