Patience in service, patience in trials and patience in life. I don’t know about all of you personally, but sometimes I lack the kind of patience I’m supposed to have. I’m eager to see things through, to get to the end, that I often miss the best parts. This morning I have been humming the Chris Tomlin version of the song Everlasting God. This of course led me to the scripture that song is based on, let’s look at it now:
ISA 40:28-31 KJV
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord , the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 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.
Often times our impatience or lack of trust in God manifest itself in subtle ways. We put half a heart into service, convinced it’s for nothing. We are are slow to forgive because we have been wronged before. We hesitate to follow those that lead us because we are unable to reconcile their decisions.
These verses make a really excellent point, we cannot understand God. He does not get wore out, He doesn’t take a break. He has no beginning and no end, his will is perfect in every way. Yet somehow we question His wisdom. We grow weary in service to Him.
You see the beauty and irony of it is that as we are impatient, we begin to have doubt. If we wait on the Lord though, trusting in Him, he gives us strength. We will be able to rise to the challenge. In these things, we allow the enemy to convince us that impatience is justified. You see we cannot begin to think that we understand the will of God, but to doubt Him is to do just that, or worse, to think we know better than Him!
God has a perfect plan and a perfect purpose. If we trust in Him, His perfection will be made evident in us. He will strengthen us, allowing to soar like eagles.
Be patient, let your strength rise by waiting on the Lord.