Wait Does Not Mean Wait

A familiar verse to many of us is Isaiah 40:31.  God’s Word tells us, “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.”  I love this verse.  It gives me great encouragement and peace knowing that God is going to be there for me, especially when I need strength.  But this verse in its English translation does not really mean what we think it does.  The Hebrew word for wait is qavah.  This means to bind together or twist, like a rope.  It’s not what we think wait means at all.  So let’s read this verse again, “But those who bind themselves together with 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.”  Our strength comes not when we sit and wait for God, but when we bind ourselves together with Him.  We must be bound together with God.  We must stay connected to God in prayer.  We must stay connected to God in His Holy Word.  We must stay connected to God through fellow believers.  And this truth we must exhibit and teach to our children.  My sons and daughter need to know how to be strong.   And it is my job to teach them and show them how to be strong.  Our strength comes from God.  We must be a people who don’t sit idly waiting for God, but we very actively stay connected with God.  As the verse goes on to say:  God gives us wings to soar.  God helps us run without getting tired.  And God helps keep us on our feet.  Bind yourselves together with God each day, and teach and model for your kids this life changing truth too!

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About vangwood

I am a husband to my amazing wife and a father of four precious arrows God has blessed me with. As I go through this life, I just want to try to be the man God has called me to be, and lead my family to follow the Lord Jesus.
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