They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength…

Isaiah 40:31

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.

When a mother and father are expecting a little baby boy or girl they wait with excitement and anticipation. From day one when they find out a new life is on the way, they begin to prepare, even if it’s only mentally. They know in about 9 months their lives will be changed forever by their new tiny bundle of love. Sometimes those months as the baby grows inside of a woman can be easy, but other times it can be difficult. Some mothers go through so much sickness that they end up on bed rest or in the hospital. When I was expecting my daughter, I’m thankful my pregnancy never put me out of commission, and I never even had morning sickness. However, I did occasionally get migraine headaches. My doctors only solution to this issue was, “sometimes when you’re pregnant,  your body is going through so many changes and often times there is no explanation for the things that happen.” So at that point I figured, oh well, I’ll just have to endure these headaches until the baby gets here. Now to me,  it would have been much better if I didn’t have to wait and if there had been some type of instant fix but the doctor was basically saying I would just have to wait it out.

Pregnancy, like life is unpredictable. We try to make plans, but many times things can occur that alter those plans and we must wait to see what will happen. There is not always a course of action we can take, we must simply wait. As a mother waits, the baby continues to grow and her body continues to change. Her body is a safe place for the baby to develop by helping to create an environment suitable for growth. She can’t do anything to make the baby grow faster, but there are things she can do to help the baby grow healthier. Even so, at times things may still go wrong with the baby that are beyond her control.

As we wait for God to work in our circumstances there is also growth and change going on in our hearts. We are growing stronger as we learn to wait on God and to trust in God. We may not always perceive what he is doing in our situation at the time, but there will come a time, maybe even sooner than we think, that God’s resolution and his truth will be revealed. We will be able to look back and see the difference he has made. In the meantime, we must believe that he is stretching us by creating an environment in our lives that will promote our maturity in him.

So what do we do as we wait? We pray, we keep trusting God, we meditate on his word. And as he leads us, we can take any necessary actions that will help our journey. We should be like that expectant mother and father who wait each day with joy. Regardless of any pain they may experience during the wait, they know in the end it will be so worth it to see and hold their new baby.

I’ve heard it said that anything good is worth waiting for. Well we know that God is good, and everything good comes from him. So as we wait,  we can rest knowing that he is worth waiting for. It may not be a new baby you are waiting to give birth to, but whatever it is you are waiting for God to birth into your life,  wait with joy. He has your best interest at heart,  his intentions are good, and he has promised to renew your strength as you wait.  So do not worry about anything. Be strong and courageous. Everything will work out well for you.


Thank you for renewing our strength as we wait on you.  All that we experience, rather good or bad, is part of the environment that you are creating in our lives to help us to become all you want us to be. Help us to wait with joy, expectancy, and trust.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Trust, Lean Not, Acknowledge & Believe

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.

Recently while meditating on this verse I decided to look at it closer to make sure I was getting all God wanted me to. Countless times over the years I’ve read, quoted, and heard Proverbs 3:5-6. It’s a very well-known passage of scripture from the Bible. For those of us who are familiar with it, it probably comes to our minds quickly and often especially during stressful times. While some of God’s promises are unconditional there are those that are conditional and this is one of them. There are actions we must take in order to experience the privilege of having God direct our paths.

Trusting God with all of our heart is a decision that we must make. Even after making a decision to trust God, we cannot accomplish this in our own strength.  We must pray and ask Him to help us. Whatever it is we may be going through we must learn to immediately turn it over to Him. That’s the great thing about prayer, we can do it wherever we are. Even if we are at work, we can say a quick, simple prayer and ask God to help us to trust Him to get through our day. There have been many days I didn’t even feel like going to work, but I thank God I have a job and ask Him to energize me and give me grace and a right attitude. Usually after a short time, I can look back and see a change in how I feel and I thank God for helping me.

God then tells us to lean not on our own understanding. A lot of the times we want to know exactly what is going on. We want to know how things will work out, but in scripture we are told God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

God is working things out in ways we simply cannot understand. Sometimes He will choose to reveal to us what He is doing, but others times we must trust Him for the results and try not to figure everything out on our own.

Lastly, we must acknowledge him in all of our ways. We can do this by making God a priority in everything that we do, which means we must include him in every part of my lives. We must pray often, and ask Him to show us areas of our lives where we are not trusting Him and He will. Fear can hold us back from trusting in God with all of our heart,  so praying and asking Him to take away fears would also be a big help.

All that is left for us is to believe that once we have done our part, he will then direct our paths. When God is directing our paths, we can rest assured that everything will work out for our good (Romans 8:28).

Dear Father,

Please help us to trust in you with all of our hearts, lean not on our own understanding, and acknowledge you in all of our ways. Thank you for directing our paths as You promised You would. Please remove any fears that are holding us back from trusting in You.

In the name of Jesus. Amen

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