Words Of Truth - May 25, 2011

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Waiting on God"

“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



          The great preacher, G. Campbell Morgan said, “Waiting for God is not laziness.  Waiting for God is not going to sleep.  Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort.  Waiting for God means first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.”
          Waiting on God is faithful service.  It is not inactivity, or idleness, but service.  As a restaurant is operated by a wait staff, so God’s work is accomplished by people who serve.  This service for God is simply doing as He commands.  He gives the orders, and we with gladness are to wait on Him.
          This waiting on God is to be done in the energy of our spirit, not our flesh.  Our flesh gets weary and faints or quits. There is a limit to human strength and endurance, but there is no limit to the power God gives those that wait on Him (Isaiah 40:28-31).  He gives us strength renewed daily, and wings to mount up to the heights, and legs to run without tiring.  Those that wait on God will be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
          To make this a reality in your life, imagine yourself a waiter or waitress in the finest restaurant, and the Lord is seated at a table.  You must be clean and standing ready to serve.  You must approach Him with the question, “What wilt thou have me to do, Lord?”  Then wait for His request, and with holy hands you are off at once to accomplish the task.  You must not waste time, but go straight to what He has commanded you to do. Your strength may begin to weaken and your body may begin to tire, but when you come back to His table His presence renews your strength.  If you have done all He has asked of you, then you stand patiently in His presence and wait for the next command. Waiting upon the Lord is as simple as that, yet there are many temptations and distractions to overcome.  Just being available to serve the Lord is a great honor, and we must yield ourselves to this holy service.

Study verses:  Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 27:14; 37:34; 40:1-3; Proverbs 20:22

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Previous devotions

"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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