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November 9, 2017

Waiting with Expectation

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 (Amp)

When you’re waiting on God to come through, do you wait anxiously or expectantly?  It’s natural to become anxious when we must wait.  But, when we trust God’s timing, faith creates an attitude of expectation!  We can expect Him to come through!  He always honors His promises!  I love the way Joshua put it, near the end of his life, in the story of Israel’s conquest in the land of promise where God led them.  He wrote,

“Not a single one of all the good promises the LORD had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything He had spoken came true.”  Joshua 21:45 (NLT)

Then, again in chapter 23, Joshua said,

“Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth.  Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the LORD your God as come true. Not a single one has failed!”  Joshua 23:14 (NLT)

Joshua knew, that despite a wait of 40 years, God would honor His promise!  He expected God to come through and He did!

The prophet Isaiah shared that same faith.  It was a faith that enabled him to wait expectantly rather than anxiously.  In Isaiah 40:31 he wrote,

“But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”  

Waiting doesn’t imply inactivity.  As we wait, we continue to serve God, doing what He has called us to do with an expectation that looks for Him and hopes in Him.  When we expect God to come through, it renews our strength to keep on keeping on.  Waiting anxiously wears you out, zaps your strength, and causes you to give up.

In the middle of the delay, in the middle of your pain, look for God to come through!