Waiting and hoping DAY 32
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They willsoar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Today I didn’t feel like a soaring eagle. After a tough day at the ‘office’ (haha), and some frustrated kids not understanding the concept of lockdown on Freedom-day, I eventually sat down to write today’s devotion. Just to find my laptop had crashed. Yesterday I promised I would write about ‘waiting on the Lord’. I planned on spendingsome quality time with Him and share a fresh word from that overflow, but that is probably how life sometimes is. Many ofyou are struggling with the same thing – you might long for some peace and quiet, some me-time too and even time withGod. And yet life in lockdown happens.
As we all need to draw strength to keep us going in this time, the promise of soaring on wings like eagles and runningand walking (even just in our streets!) and not growing weary, is so encouraging. But as I mentioned earlier this weekthere is a pre-requisite. An activator or catalyst that puts us in a place to receive this promise.
…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
The original word for hope in Hebrew is qavah and it is sometimes also translated as wait. More accurately it can betranslated as hopefully and expectantly waiting. The object of that hoping in waiting isn’t something earthly – like anoutcome, a remedy, a solution or even a promise. It is a Person. God himself. As we are all waiting for something tochange, we can so easily just look at circumstances, desired outcomes and quick fixes, but perhaps it is a time to reallyhope in the Lord. With no strings attached.
Waiting isn’t passive according to this text. It is an expectant, hope-filled looking to God. I believe there are two types of‘waiting’.
1. A ‘know-wait’
2. An ‘active-wait’.
A know-wait is a confident, faith-filled belief that God is in control and that He is fully able to do what He promised. It fillsone with a peace that nothing happens without Him allowing it or orchestrating it. The why it happens, isn’t for me toalways know. But I can still hope and wait with a confidence that He is good and perfect in all His ways.
An active wait is more personal and requires us to not just believe something, but to do something. For me it practicallymeans that I take time out of my day to meet with Him face to face. A quiet place with no distraction. For us it can onlyhappen at night when the kids are asleep. For others it might be very early in the morning. Call it your quiet-time, prayer-time or anything you feel comfortable with, but this shouldn’t just be a time where we read a Bible verse or daily devotionaland run through our shopping list of prayer requests. No, I believe it should be a time of waiting and listening too. God iswaiting to speak to us, to commune with us. But are we willing to wait on Him?
This lockdown has brought the opportunityto really do this. Can we embrace it and experience intimate communion with God? He is inviting us to that. To come just asyou are. Pour out your heart before Him and wait on Him. He is waiting. Waiting to renew your strength.
Stay safe and stand strong.