31 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
Waiting on the Lord can be a very difficult and painful thing. Often times we may ask ourselves why we are called to wait. The Lord’s timing and His ways are much different than our own. We base our judgments often times on what we see with our physical eyes and based upon our current circumstances. But the Lord sees the end from the beginning and everything He does is perfectly designed based upon His sovereign will.
There is a deep work that is done in our hearts and lives as we are called to wait upon the Lord. There is a maturing process that takes place in our faith and in our relationship with the Lord. As we wait upon the Lord there are things in our lives that are pruned away and they are replaced with the character of Christ.
Our journey with the Lord is one of transformation. When we are born into this world we are born into sin and live according to our sinful nature. But when we come to Christ we are set free from the curse and bondage of sin and the journey of transformation begins. It is a journey that takes place throughout the course of our lives while we are upon the earth.
The Lord’s desire is to develop within us the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is simply the character of Christ and the more we walk with the Lord and spend time in prayer and the study of His word, the more our lives are transformed into His image. But during our time of waiting upon the Lord the Lord shall strengthen us and sustain us.
One of the reasons waiting is so very difficult is because our sinful selfish nature wants things right now. When we desire something we want it right way. But our Father in Heaven understands what needs to take place in our lives so that we will be a wise steward of the things He is bringing into our lives. Through the waiting our hearts are prepared to receive all that He has for us.