They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength . . . they shall walk and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31
Walking is perhaps the slowest mode of transportation. You can jet across the country in mere hours. You can roar down the highway from town to town in minutes, propelled by the semi engine in your truck. But walking? There is nothing fast about walking.
Of all the modes of transportation, walking is the least glamorous. Walking is not especially exhilarating, nor does it require any special equipment or expertise. Rather, walking requires an entirely different set of abilities: patience, determination, and a resolute spirit.
Still, God has given words of encouragement to walkers. These words are not just for any walkers; these words are for those who walk with God by faith:
As we walk with God we wait for our prayers to be answered; we wait for his gifts of healing; we wait for our loved ones to come to faith. We wait for God as we walk on by faith.
As Noah has shown us this week, however, waiting on God is not simply time wasted; rather, it means living in the confident expectation that the Lord will do what he has promised to do. Waiting on God means living in the full knowledge and trust that he will act on our behalf.
As you walk with God, wait for him! Wait for the floodwaters to recede. Look for that spring of hope promising dry land ahead. Keep on expecting your labors to bear new fruit.
In Christ Jesus, God has shown us that he most surely does intervene on behalf of his people. Generations ago, God’s people walked with him and waited for God’s intervention; their waiting was rewarded when the Savior was born in Bethlehem. Generations ago, Christ’s disciples walked with him and waited for the fulfillment of his promises; their waiting was rewarded by an empty tomb on the first Resurrection morning.
Now you, man of God, walk with the Lord and wait for him; your waiting will be rewarded. You have his word on that!
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”