Summary: Wait upon the Lord
ILLUSTRATION: An airliner making its way from New York to San Francisco. One of the engines caught fire. The captain came on the speaker system, calmly reassuring his passengers that the fire would soon be out. Besides, the plane could fly as well with three engines as with four.
Unfortunately, a second engine burst into flames. Once again the captain assured the passengers that two engines were sufficient. Then a third engine was suddenly ablaze. The captain said no more. There was only silence from the front of the plane. Soon the captain appeared in the cabin with a parachute on his back. As he opened the exit door, he said calmly to the passengers, "Don’t anyone panic, I’m going for help." And out he jumped.
Today, many are jumping out due to they have become weary or discouraged because of the circumstances and bail out on God.
Isa 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Isa 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isa 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isa 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.
Glenn Branham - Chapter 40 is the beginning of a new section in the book of Isaiah. It is the first chapter which looks beyond the captivity of Israel and on to the brightness of the future God has in store.
Chap. 40 vs. 31 is one of the better known texts in the book of Isaiah. It is well-known because it is well-loved. It is loved because we all can relate to low times in our Christian walk. At times all of us have been weary. Our experiences can be exhausting. Over the duration of time we can become discouraged. Just remember, this is one of the tricks of the enemy: if discouragement goes unchecked it can lead to defeat. So, for centuries, battle-tired soldiers and travel-weary pilgrims have been drawn to this passage written 700 years before Jesus came to earth and have received comfort. That’s why these verses are so well-known and loved.
1. Creates a renewing strength
2. Creates an uplifting strength
3. Creates an Enduring strength
Waiting on the lord
Steve Malone –
WE WAIT FOR TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO TURN GREEN...
WE WAIT FOR TRAINS TO PASS BY...
WE WAIT FOR THE BANK LINE AND THE GROCERY LINE TO MOVE....
WE WAIT FOR THE TOAST TO POP UP AND THE WATER TO BOIL.
WE WAIT FOR THE MOVIE AND THE BALL GAME TO START...
WE WAIT FOR PHONE CALLS AND WE WAIT FOR PEOPLE TO SHOW UP...
WE WAIT FOR BUSES TO COME, PLANES TO LAND AND CAR LINES TO MOVE.
WE WAIT FOR OUR TURN IN DOCTOR’S OFFICES, DENTISTS OFFICES, BARBER SHOPS AND BEAUTY PARLORS... AND WE WAIT FOR THE NEXT WEEKEND, VACATION OR DAY OFF....
WE ALL SPEND A LOT OF OUR TIME IN LIFE WAITING AND WE REALLY DON’T LIKE WAITING FOR THINGS. -- BECAUSE WE ARE A PEOPLE OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION WE WANT EVERYTHING AND WE USUALLY WANT IT NOW...!
1. Creates a renewing strength
a. Malone goes on the say - GOD’S PEOPLE IN ISAIAH’S DAY WERE GOING THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES.... THE ASSYRIANS HAD COME IN AND KILLED AND PILLAGED THERE LAND TAKING MANY CAPTIVE; KILLING WIVES, HUSBANDS, PARENTS, DAUGHTERS AND SONS... AND THE BABYLONIANS WERE NOW KNOCKING AT THEIR DOOR WANTING TO DO EVEN WORSE....
WHAT THEY NEEDED WAS SOME HELP -- THEY NEEDED SOME RELIEF -- THEY NEEDED TO GET OUT OF THIS DESPERATE SITUATION AND THEY NEEDED TO GET OUT NOW!
BUT ISAIAH’S DOESN’T TELL THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR -- HE DOESN’T TELL THEM THAT GOD IS COMING SOON, RIGHT AWAY AND THAT HE WILL REMOVE ALL OF THEIR HARDSHIPS... NO ISAIAH TELLS THEM TO WAIT... TO WAIT ON THE LORD...
a. Wait - qavah, kaw-vaw’
b. a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:--gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
c. GBN V. 31. Wait-That rely upon him. Renew-Shall grow stronger and stronger.
d. Isa 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.