October 28, 2014

Strengthened by Waiting

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 28, 2014

But those who wait on 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, NKJV

There is an inner energy our heavenly Father gives us as we wait on His best. He strengthens our faith with His faithfulness. He strengthens our resolve to do the right thing the right way. He strengthens our prayer life when we feel out of control and utterly dependent on His grace and mercy. He strengthens our relationships during the times we hit the pause button and learn to rest in His peace. He strengthens our calling to become the man or woman He has called us to be.

Waiting takes extra grace, but the results of going to the next level of trust in the Lord can be life altering. For example, a job transition can push our buttons of insecurity or embolden our anticipation of God’s next assignment. We may pass on a higher paying job for employment that allows us to build up relational equity and pay out spiritual dividends. A caring and collaborative work culture with an engaged mentor far exceeds just making more money.  We gain professional strength as we wait on a vocational platform that aligns with our mission, vision and values.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Are you exhausted by striving during a window of waiting in your life? Or have you found inner strength by leaning into the Lord in a time of outward uncertainty? The Holy Spirit is more interested in our soul work than the work of our hands. Our best creations come from God given ingenuity that flows from the work of the Spirit within our soul. Indeed innovative plans can come when circumstances come crashing down. During soul reflection, think outside the box of what’s been done and look for a new work of Christ. The Spirit strengthens an imaginative mind for God.

Therefore, ask the Spirit to strengthen your soul as you wait on what’s next. Allow God’s peace to guard your heart and mind so those who love you sense calm from the One who calms the storms. Your spiritual journey requires refreshment only your Savior Jesus can provide. As you run through life stop and wait at Christ’s water station. Gulp down His cool, quenching grace and He will energize your weary soul. As you walk through adversity, God’s love and comfort will keep you from fainting and awaken you to His hope. Wait on the Lord for His renewing strength!

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, by Your grace I am waiting on Your best. Strengthen my soul’s resolve.

Related Readings: 2 Kings 6:33; Isaiah 30:18; Luke 18:1; Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 4:1

Post/Tweet today: There is an inner energy our heavenly Father gives us as we wait on His best. #wisdomhunters

Additional Resource: 25 minute worship video- Wait on the Lord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3qojwQywrk

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Comments

  1. Vickie Bauer says:

    Amen!!! I am counting on this Scripture to sustain me through this unsure time in my life. I Believe that God has something very special planned in my life. Please Pray for me. Thank You!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Vicki~ Thank you so much for your awesome response to “Strengthened by Waiting”! You are SO RIGHT- God DOES have something very special planned in your life. HE is the author of “something specials”! And, yes, we will pray for you, Vicki, that you will lean on Him during this time of waiting.
      The sentence in the devotional, “Waiting takes extra grace, but the results of going to the next level of trust in the Lord can be life altering” speaks to the blessings we receive “in those waiting moments”. I hope that you are being blessed as you are waiting on the Lord.
      Vicki, please keep in touch and let us know how things are going for you in this season. We will continue to lift you up and look forward to hearing about the plans He has for you.
      We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “I waited patiently on the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry” Psalm 40:1


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