"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 40:31
Are you weary? Tired? Stressed out? Burned out? Oppressed? Feeling heavy laden? Anxious? Worried? If so then allow me to make a suggestion that I am absolutely certain will help you.
The Bible promises that those who wait on the Lord will find renewed strength and stamina to move forward in life with ease. You do not ever need to feel worn out or weary in your soul. You do not need to feel like the only cup at a tea party with nothing left to pour out to anyone. Noone has ever had as many demands placed upon themselves by others as Jesus did and yet the Bible never records Jesus getting burned out or so weary that He cut short a day of ministry to go have a nap. Nowhere does the Bible record Jesus ever getting so stressed out that He became irritable and called the guy on the donkey in front of him an idiot for not signaling he was turning. Jesus maintained a steadiness of energy and a calm emotional outlook. Though the demands upon him were great He never became anxious or worried about anything. What was His secret?
"After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone." Mathew 14:23
Jesus knew to wait.
Waiting on God is the antidote to weariness and stress. Never before has society been so busy and hustled at such break neck speeds. With the advance of smart phones there now seems to be demands placed for your attention in your every waking moment. I want to encourage you to find a half hour every day where you turn off your cellphone and draw aside as Jesus did to wait in God’s presence. Beloved waiting on God changes everything. Get away from every distraction and take thirty minutes to just present yourself to God as a living sacrifice. Put on some quiet worship music and invite God’s presence to come surround you. He will surely come.
When you wait on God you are not waiting for him to come and do something for you, instead you are causing yourself to wait as you give your full attention to God for that time. As you rest in His presence your entire being is strengthened and renewed in God. You can’t come into God’s presence and not be changed. The word used in Hebrew for “wait” in the scripture reference is “kava” and it has the meaning of making something stronger by intertwining. You see as you wait on God your spirit intertwines with His Spirit and you become stronger. Not only do you find renewed strength but times of waiting on God also help us to take our eyes off everything else and to put them back onto Him. When our eyes are on God all of life’s problems seem so small and insignificant.
The demands of this life will wear you thin and burn you out if you let it. Instead I encourage you to let feelings of stress and anxiety remind you to draw near to our God who never grows weary. You can find fresh strength, peace, perspective, and new life anytime you need it.