Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Waiting On The Lord

The real power of gospel is how the Lord sustains us in times of trials and difficulties. Chances are you are dealing with some right now whether they are financial difficulties, dealing with an illness or facing family problems. If you’re saved then you the assurances of possessing the endurance to hang in then until the time of your deliverance comes. Here ‘s a familiar scripture: Isaiah 40:31- 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.

The key word here is “wait”. Often the King James has a difficult time translating Hebrew thought and idioms into clear pictures. The English translation of wait-not that it doesn’t have relevance-simply misses the power of what the scriptures are saying.

Wait is the Hebrew word “Ka-va”-to twist or bind together. This is a word that has some powerful implications and connections to scripture that you are probably familiar with.

In Numbers 15 the children of Israel were commanded to put fringes on the ends of their prayer shawls or tallith. These twisted tassels were called tzitzit- that same word kava meaning twist/bind together. When the woman with an issue blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, that hem was the tzitzit on the ends of his prayer shawl.

So what is really being conveyed to us in Isaiah? Those who literally twist their lives together with the life of God put on His strength. They can go the distance without losing heart. They can exhibit patient endurance and resist the pressure to give up and quit. I have observed that right before the appointed time of my blessing, right as the healing is about to rise up from within me, right as the financial breakthrough is ready to come, the pressure to give up and quit seems the most intense.

In the midst of difficult circumstances how do you “wait” upon the Lord? Well there are several ways to “wait” but let’s focus on just one. Intimacy with the Lord is the by-product of spending time. Prayer is great but too often that’s a one-way conversation, right? It’s when we tell him everything we want and need…and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m talking about just quieting yourself, bringing your body mind into a state of calm and just focusing on the awesomeness of God. No talk, no requests, just the peace, the power, the purity, of his presence. In no time all of those earthly concerns will begin to melt away and the assurance that all things are working together for your good will well up in your heart and mind. Your resolve to hang in there will be bolstered and your confidence that his promises never fail will rise to the surface.

No, his promises never fail and those that really “wait” upon him will definitely renew their strength.