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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Strength in the Wait

How do we wait when we get hit with one problem after another nonstop like waves crashing against the rocks....



Wait.



How do we wait when we’ve been waiting for so long? How do we wait when we feel that the promise is overdue? How do we wait when the suffering continues? How do we wait when we get hit with one problem after another nonstop like waves crashing against the rocks; the incessant calamity of life’s shocks leaving us breathless in between tears and screams, we can barely cry stop?



Look at the title of this article. Not only are we wondering how to wait, but also how strength is gained while doing it. A well-known verse by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 40 tells us, 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (NLT).



Why will I find new strength if I trust in the LORD? A quick study of Isaiah 40 reveals that GOD is giving comfort to HIS people because HE is the Sovereign LORD with all power who sits above the circle of the earth, and even though our lives are short and we are as grasshoppers to HIM, HE cares for us as the sheep of HIS pasture. Verse 27 pointedly asks those of us who worry, 27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?



The next verse answers that question. 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. This is telling us that GOD sees all, knows all, and understands all. Nothing catches GOD off-guard. HE is not surprised by anything. That alone gives us courage. GOD knows what I am going through and HE cares about me. This will work out for my good, no matter what this is.



So, how do we wait? How do we gain strength in the wait? Verse 29 tells us, 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Glory to GOD, our LORD hands out power and strength like candy! As we trust in the LORD, we are given this strength. We begin to see that we are no longer relying on our own power to get things done, but GOD’s. We come to understand that we aren’t running anything. This is the LORD’s show. We play our parts and are blessed, even if at times it doesn’t seem like it. Or, we rebel against the commands of GOD, do things our way, and find ourselves resembling the people in verse 30, 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. We find ourselves weak, when we should have strength, tired when we just woke up, and out of energy though we just ate.



Paul reminds us in II Corinthians 12,


8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



Remember when you asked GOD to take it away? Remember when you asked GOD for it to stop? Remember when you felt you could take no more and you simply crumpled to the ground like someone let the air out of you? GOD says that's when HE works best, when we are at our end HIS grace begins. We move out of the way and allow HIM to do what shepherds do. They take care of the sheep. Sheep do not take care of themselves.



Psalms 23 reminds us of this,



1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake (NIV).



Look at the verbs in that sentence. GOD is, HE makes, HE leads, HE refreshes, HE guides. We are reminded that GOD makes us, leads us, refreshes us, and guides us. Are we allowing these things to happen to us, or are we exhausting ourselves by fighting against our caregiver, our Father, our Sovereign LORD?


In Psalm 27, David reminds us that when enemies attack us, when we are being chased, when our parents abandon us, and when trouble surrounds us on every side, we can be confident that we will see GOD’s goodness. Therefore, He encourages us to, 14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.



That word ‘wait’ in the Hebrew language means to expect, await, and endure. Enduring requires and produces strength, so the word also carries the connotation of gaining strength while we wait. Furthermore, the word means to expect GOD to come to our aid, so we are to fix our hope on HIM. Why? GOD never fails, that’s why.



We gain strength in the waiting. Muscles are being flexed in the waiting; maybe some we never used before. We fight off distractions in the waiting. We grow in our knowledge of GOD in the waiting. Enduring and remaining takes strength. It takes strength to stand when we want to sit. It takes strength to obey when we want to do what we want to do. It takes strength to say no to ourselves. We gain strength in the waiting.



In closing, Psalm 62 gives us another key aspect of waiting. 5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ in this verse means to be silent, be still, to listen to GOD without speaking, to wait patiently and with confidence, to expect HIS aid.


My hope is in GOD because GOD can do all things. My hope is in GOD because HIS word says that HE will never leave me nor forsake me. My hope is in GOD because I allow HIM to speak to me. When I wait in silence, I can hear GOD talking to me. When I stop worrying, complaining, and nervously rambling, I can hear HIS voice. Can I be silent long enough for GOD to speak the healing word over my life?


Let us gain strength in the wait as we trust GOD to work everything out for us. The bible reminds us in Psalm 40 to wait patiently for the GOD who hears HIS people, and comes to our aid. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Amen (may it be fulfilled).



How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:


“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.
















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