3 promises for those who wait for the Lord

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Have you not known? Have you not heard?

 The LORD is the everlasting God,

 the Creator of the ends of the earth.

 He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.

 He gives power to the faint,

 and to him who has no might He increases strength.

 Even youths shall faint and be weary,

 and young men shall fall exhausted;

 but they who wait for 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 40:28-31

Tttddp … tttddp … tttddp.  Eyes peer through the hospital doorway. I see a crutch, then a white-haired man grinning from ear to ear.

“Hi, I’m Rev. Henry. I’ve been praying for you. May I come in?”

I nod my head.

Tttddp … tttddp … tttddp.

My life changed that day.

In and out of hospitals. Waiting for the decisive test, a test that could kill me, a test that could tell the doctors what was wrong.

At 19, I thought I was doing what God had planned for me. I met the man God had prepared for me. I was going to college. Then, I got so sick I became a college dropout.

There I was in a hospital bed waiting … waiting on the test … waiting on God. And in walked this white-haired man whose legs didn’t work right smiling as if he had the best life in the world.

My family did not attend Rev. Henry’s church, but through friends and my father’s co-workers, I was placed on the church’s prayer list.

Rev. Henry visited me faithfully and after the hospital, he discipled me in the lovingkindness of the Lord and showed me that through adversity, God gives His people strength.

My life verse, Isaiah 40:31, has proven faithful.

Three promises for those who wait on the Lord:
  1.  Strength renewal. Rev. Henry’s legs didn’t work, but he was strong because he had endured the polio that placed his legs in braces for life. He passed that strength on to me. The strength came from leaning upon God and consuming His word.
  2. Spiritual perspective. Eagles see God’s creation from the mountaintops. They soar above the small matters, and yet, their eyes can see the small animals, swoop down and scoop them up. Waiting on the Lord gives us the ability to soar above the problems, and yet, when God gives us His wisdom, we can see what is standing in the way of our relationship with God and remove it quickly.
  3. Supernatural endurance. When we wait upon the Lord, God gives us the strength to go beyond the limits of our bodies and our minds to accomplish what He has prepared for us to accomplish before the beginning of the world.

The word “wait,” qavah, means to “look for, hope, expect.” It’s an active verb, active in the sense that the person of God is trusting in God and acting upon what she is expecting God to do.

My prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word. It is a true and living Word that contains great and precious promises for us. Thank You for these promises. Teach us how to wait upon You.

What are you waiting for God to do in your life? What are you doing about it?

Jesus singled out one man. “Do you want to be healed?”

churning water

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. John 5:2-8

Thirty-eight years of sickness. We’re not told what the man’s affliction is. He sees the waters stir, someone steps into the pool and steps out seeing, leaping for joy, healed.

There he lies waiting for the waters to churn. There he lies waiting for someone else to step into the waters and be healed.

Jesus singles out this man.

“Do you want to be healed?”

What kind of question is that? He’s there at the House of Mercy, sometimes translated House of Grace. He waits. He hopes.

Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.

What kind of answer is that? There’s only one miracle for one stir of the waters. In himself, he has no hope. He sees no other way to be healed, so he gives an excuse instead of “YES!”

I’ve been there, and I’ve seen others there. I thought that I had to do something to be worthy enough to be healed. I had to manufacture enough faith to be healed of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

I really wanted to be healed. I tried miracle diets, miracle supplements, risky medications, detoxifications, and all sorts of miracle cures that people sell desperate people.

I was anointed with oil, prayed for, claimed healing, and pleaded with God.

I can’t step into the healing, and I have no one who can carry me to the healing. It matters no more. I just want more of you.

That’s when Jesus singled me out of the blind, broken, sick, and deaf waiting to be healed, touched my body, and told me to walk in health.

Are you waiting for a miracle, yet, hopeless?

My prayer for you:

Father, Thank You that you single out Your children and meet them as they wait for You. In the waiting is blessing. You are our hope. Give us more of You. Abide in us and enable us to abide in You. Renew our strength, renew our spirits, and renew our bodies. What a mighty God! What a gracious God! We are so blessed that You single us out and ask if we want to be healed! Thank you.