But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;

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 KJV)

What if waiting gives us hope?

I cannot begin to count the number of times I have longed for the fulfillment of this verse in my life. Crying, hoping, and filled with trust, I have asked God to lift me away from the trials that assaulted me. But what if there is a deeper truth to be found within this promise given from God? What if by waiting on God we are given a picture of hope within Him?

When researching this verse in several commentaries, a parallel verse is mentioned:

“Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5 NIV

In these thoughts, we are not encouraged to fly away from trouble, but to see that in the very midst of the trouble we will be given fresh strength. For you see, the ancient peoples held to the thought that when an eagle molted his feathers, he would come forth out of that troubling time with a fresh burst of new strength.

Can you join me in asking God for His fresh vision, His new strength, His renewed hope from within the trial of this day?

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Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

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You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegsraseasons.com. She is walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.

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