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. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
Today's Morsel: Waiting. The word that most people have trouble with. Waiting means held up, delayed, can't move because we are caught in traffic. Waiting can be sitting in a hospital area waiting on the doctor. I think that's why they call them waiting rooms. Hummmm! Waiting can mean waiting on your water to break so you can give birth to a child. Waiting can mean so many things. Paul said, "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it" (Romans 8:24-25). Paul asked if we we have the patience to wait for what we are hoping for. Think about this for a moment. You are Abraham and God tells you you are going to have a son, you are 75 years old, and now you are 90 and there is no son. Do you trust God after waiting 15 years, or do you take matters into your own hands. Well, we know what Abraham did. Now look at Simeon. He's an old man. He has a promise from God that he's not going to die until he sees God's salvation. He never leaves the temple for fear of missing what he was told. And scripture says, "And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" (Luke 2:25-35). The next time you leave service early, because you don't have the patience to wait, ask yourself, did I just miss my promise or my blessing?
Sing: 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, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.