The Forgotten Power of Waiting on the Lord
Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. –Isaiah 40:31.
We are living in a generation where the power of waiting on the Lord needs to be rediscovered. It is not surprising that many Christians today are not acquainted with this spiritual practice. Our culture is beyond busy and the prospect of sitting quietly for long periods of time alone with God can sound unproductive. The irony is that precisely because our lives are so busy we need this spiritual practice more than ever.
So what is waiting on the Lord? Waiting on the Lord is getting alone and quiet before God. Not saying anything and not expecting Him to say anything, though if he does great. Waiting on God is simple being okay with just being with God for a period of time.
It is hard to overestimate the spiritual power that comes into our lives through this practice. First of all it helps break us out of the grip of performance orientation. You know that nagging sense that makes you feel like you always have to be accomplishing something to be valuable? As you wait on the Lord you gain an awareness that you are infinitely valuable before God because of who you are as one created in is image not because of what you accomplish. Secondly waiting on God helps you to see how precious your love is to Him. It begins to dawn on you that God is not always demanding that you to do something for Him. He is interested in your attention. That is all. He enjoys you so much He takes delight in you simply fixing your attention on Him for a moment. Then of course there is what this month’s text clearly promises—spiritual strength. Waiting on God is a means of grace through which God imparts His strength to us.