The Blessed Wait

09 July 2017
Isaiah 40:31; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Main texts:
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Background and Summary
The Jews became refugees in a foreign land because of sin. Their own land and Holy City were in ruins,  and they were without a king and army. They suffered great humiliation and chastening  from their enemies. They became weak and helpless before the nations around them. The prophet Isaiah told them to get their eyes off themselves and look by faith to the great God who loved them and promised to do great things for them.  But the Jews were frustrated because God hadn’t rescued them yet.  After a while they were thinking that God didn't care anymore and therefore God wasn't going to do anything to help them. But God cared! Isaiah says in Isaiah 40:27 “…The Everlasting God, the Lord,  the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable”.

The word ”wait” in Hebrew means “to bind together”  (often by twisting), as one would do in the process of making a rope.  A rope’s strength comes from all the strands bound  together. The more strands the rope contains, the greater the strength.  Accordingly, we need to cling (like a rope) to God who gives the  strength for us to soar above the circumstances, to run without getting tired when the challenges are many , and to walk without quitting in the daily demands of life.

Lessons from today’s message: Here are some rewards for waiting on the Lord.
1.    Strength (Isaiah 40:31; Ecclesiastes 4:12, Joshua 14:7-14)
2.    Power (Acts 1:4-5, 8)
3.    Crown( 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 4:10-11)

Life Application
1.    As a Christian, how do you “wait on the Lord”? Please discuss.
2.    What should you do while waiting for the return of Christ in order to receive the crown of righteousness?
3.    What important lesson have you learned from today’s messag