“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount  up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40: 31).

The LORD expects you to wait upon Him. He says, “My son and daughter, you need not struggle anymore. You wait upon Me.” God wants to do marvelous things for you through the above promise. To understand a verse, one needs to go to the context of the verse. The context of the above verse is found from verses 25 to 30. The words like ‘faint, weary, no might, utterly fall’ convince us of our failures. These touch the very core of our experiences. If we are honest to our God and ourselves, we will admit that we have failed very much in our Christian living and service. Many are the moments that we cried saying, “LORD, I have no strength. I’m weak and weary. I feel like I’m falling.” Our experience tells us that there is much failure. Our heart tells us that we are so faint and weary. And we are slow to learn the way of victory and God’s power. Proverbs 14: 10, “The heart knoweth his own bitterness.”

There are two reasons for this failure. The primary cause for this failure is ignorance of the resources at our disposal. Many a time we are ignorant of our position in Christ and what God hath in store for us. Hosea 4: 6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that  thou shalt be no priest to me.” This knowledge is not the Bible knowledge but the knowledge of Him. Apostle Paul says, “….that I may know Him” (Phililppians 3:10). He counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Are you facing failure? Do you feel weary? Do you at times feel faint hearted and fallen in your spiritual life? Dear brothers and sisters, against the sad background of failure comes the promises of the everlasting God, the creator of the Universe. In this month, the LORD says, “I am going to give you power and strengthen you. I will turn your failures into triumph .” God places all His unlimited resources of strength and power at our disposal.

The secondary cause for our failure is failure to tap those resources. The Bible says, “He giveth power to the faint.” Here, giving and receiving takes place. In response to His giving, we must receive by waiting upon Him. Does waiting upon the LORD mean to pray, worship, read and meditate God’s Word? Yes  to all but it means to keep silence before Him. Herein lies our strength. Many a time in God’s presence, it is we who do the talking and we do not let Him speak to us. “Keep silence before Me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength” (Isaiah 41: 1). The more you remain silent before the LORD, the more your strength shall be renewed. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation” (Psalm 62: 1). Blessed is the man who hears the LORD. Waiting upon the LORD means to cast upon Him in utter dependence, ready to hear His voice and do His bidding, having our whole expectation from the LORD. Only this implies complete confidence in the LORD. There are four results of waiting upon the LORD:  1. Strengthened Life 2. Surpassing Life  3. Supernatural Life  4. Successful Life.

1.STRENGTHENED LIFE: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40: 31). This month, you shall have God’s strength in the place of your strength. If you feel that you are weak in some area of your life, in that place you will experience God’s strength. The word ‘renew’ literally means ‘change or exchange’. Our greatest weakness is our strength.  If we only go to the LORD and cry out in utter weakness saying, “Lord ! I’m weak and tired”, He will exchange your weakness for His strength. “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12: 9). Are you feeling physically weak? Is your mind so weak that you are not able to think concretely and tangibly to take a decision? Are you spiritually weak so that you are not able to pray or read the Bible? The LORD says, “I will strengthen you physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. ”  Think about Elijah for a moment. He was once physically exhausted, unable to do anything. God sent His angel and fed him. He walked in t he strength of that  meat for forty days and nights.

2.SURPASSING LIFE: “But they that wait upon the LORD … shall mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40: 31). This month, you shall enjoy the life above the average. Anyone who waits upon the LORD will never be an average person but always be an extra ordinary person. All the other people will be average but he will be above all of them. Whatever he does in his family circle, secular job, business and ministry will be above the average. The LORD says, “I will take you to the heights and lead you to the higher spiritual experiences where the things of the Earth will grow dim”. The eagle is the only bird which flies so high and it is lost to sight. This is where you belong. Although you are living on Earth, you belong to Heaven now. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3: 20). This verse means that we are waiting not from Earth but from Heaven for the coming of Christ. We are heavenly minded people. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3: 1, 2). As a child of God, seek for the spiritual things then all the earthly blessings will automatically come. Many Christians are Earth bound. They call themselves as Christians but they hop like a bird with broken wings. Your calling is not to hop but to soar high like an eagle. The LORD will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath when you wait upon the LORD.

3.SUPERNATURAL LIFE: “But they that wait upon the LORD … shall run, and not be weary” (Isaiah 40: 31). This is supernatural life. To run and fall down is natural. But it is not natural to run and not fall down. It is supernatural. Have you ever seen anyone running and not becoming weary? God says, “I am going to grant you supernatural life.” This supernatural power is for accomplishing supernatural tasks. My dear friend, when you wait upon the LORD, you are linked to the supernatural God and you become supernatural. “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7: 38). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father” (John 14: 12). Can you believe what God is telling you? He will do supernatural things through your life as you wait on Him

4.SUCCESSFUL LIFE: “But they that wait upon the LORD … shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40: 31). You shall live victoriously in the hardest place of all daily routine. You shall walk and not faint. Here it is not running but walking. Running is a supernatural task. You do not run at all times. You run only at times of emergencies and urgencies. But here it is “walk.” It means your daily routine. The most testing place for each one of us is the place where we engage in trivial activities. Do not get discouraged while discharging your day to day duties. Sometimes, you feel frustrated about the things that you do again and again. At that time, wait on the LORD, the Lord will refresh you and strengthen you. The LORD says, “My strength and My power is available for you . You will be successful in everything you do.”