Are you waiting on the Lord?

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
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 40:28-31
To wait for the LORD, Yahweh, means to look for expectantly, to lie in wait. It’s an active waiting.
Throughout the Bible, followers of God waited upon Him to act.
Joshua and his warriors walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days. They stared at the problem, the walls and the soldiers watching them from atop the walls. They walked in silence and waited upon the Lord. The seventh time around the walls on the seventh day, God acted, and the walls tumbled down.
Joseph waited upon the Lord in the pit, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison, and in the palace. God brought Joseph’s family to him and saved a country, in His time.
The disciples waited in an upper room for the power of the Holy Spirit. Fifty days after Jesus rose, the Holy Spirit rested upon the disciples, and 3,000 souls were saved.
Waiting upon the LORD produces results we cannot accomplish in our own might. We gain new strength; we soar above our problems; we run as Elijah ran without fatigue; and we walk through the valley of the shadow of death and do not become weary.
Are you waiting upon the LORD? What are you expecting?

My prayer:

Father, thank You for Your promise of renewed strength if we wait upon You. Give us Your strength, Your endurance, Your grace. Empower us to soar above our problems to touch Your glory.

Roman Colosseum, a memorial to death pointing to Jesus

Colloseum

Built on the site of Nero’s palace in 80 AD, the Roman Colosseum entertained 55,000 spectators at a time with deadly gladiator and wild animal fights. Over 9,000 wild animals were killed during the inaugural games. Some sources say that Christians were persecuted outside the Colosseum. Early entertainment focused on death.

others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill- treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:35-40

Keith and I recently climbed the Colosseum’s stone and marble stairs, walked the levels, and imagined the slaves, gladiators, prisoners of war, and wild animals as they awaited their battles and eventual death.

Scaffolding stood against the outer wall. My reaction, “I would just let it fall down.”

We dodged the tourists mindlessly snapping photos, circled the amphitheater, and stopped directly across from the emperor’s box. The emperor’s thumb up saved a life; a thumb down took a life.

A cross stood in front of the emperor’s seat.

Colosseum Cross

An estimated 4.4 million people visit the Colosseum each year, and there that cross stands as a memorial to those who died inside and outside that great arena.

When Joseph’s father died, and his brothers were afraid that Joseph would harm them because they had sold him into slavery, Joseph told his brothers:

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:21

What men meant for evil, God meant for good … for a memorial to the death of His own dear Son, Jesus, on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead, so that all who believe on Jesus will be saved from their sins.

My prayer for you:

Righteous Father, awaken us to the memorials You have placed in our paths. May we be living memorials to Your righteous and true nature as we walk the path that You have given us. Thank You for the memorials that You have placed along the way.