Day 18

Give Thanks in Waiting

from the Give Thanks reading plan


Isaiah 40:27-31, Luke 2:25-36, Romans 8:18-28

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31, Luke 2:25-36, Romans 8:18-28

Just wait on God.

Easier said than done, right?

In Isaiah 40, I see a promise-making God, who has existed forever, created everything, knows—literally— everything. If I were a betting woman, I’d put every dollar in my bank account on any promise that the God with those qualifications made. With a résumé that stacked, I would be making the safest bet in the universe. All power belongs to God, and He’s promised to share it with us. In verse 31, there’s a promise for those who wait on the Lord:

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT).

God has promised to strengthen His people while they wait through the power of His Spirit. I’ve experienced the fatigue that comes from continuing to hope in the Lord—trusting in His promises, but failing to see their tangible manifestation. And while weariness will come, I can testify that the Holy Spirit has always provided me with the supernatural strength to endure.

Simeon is an exceptional example of the Holy Spirit’s power to increase a person’s capacity for waiting. Scripture tells us God had made Simeon a promise: he would not see death before seeing the Lord’s Messiah (Luke 2:25–26). By the Spirit, Simeon was imparted with the supernatural strength, patience, and faith to believe God’s promise—the promise that was fulfilled in the Christ child resting in Simeon’s aged arms. Still, I wonder if he ever became weary as he hoped for Israel’s consolation. Imagine the overwhelming joy in his heart when he realized the long-awaited Messiah had finally come!

In Romans 8, the apostle Paul reminds us that our hope and expectation shouldn’t be reserved for this present world, in what we can see and touch. For “hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience” (vv.24–25). These words written by the apostle Paul were meant to encourage persecuted Christians living in Rome—to redirect their hope and longing to the promise of the world to come, where the kingdom of God reigns without limit or exception. May God use Paul’s words to do the same in you and in me.

Believers everywhere, along with all the rest of creation, are waiting with eager expectation for the redemption of all things (vv.22–24). When Christ returns, every wrong will be made right and every tear will be wiped away. There will be no hunger or thirst, no war, depression, or despair. Our hearts may grow weary with the state of this world, but we can rejoice while waiting for the glory of its redemption (and the fullness of our own!), because God’s strength gives us power to wait. Thanks be to God.

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Erin Rose lives and works in vibrant Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as Worship & Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Erin is a member of Urban Doxology, a ministry that is writing the soundtrack of reconciliation for the church. Her greatest joy lies in leading God’s people in authentic worship, and teaching them the truth found in God’s Word. She also enjoys eating delicious food, spending time with loved ones, and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge.

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9 thoughts on "Give Thanks in Waiting"

  1. Heather Nistler (MNmomma) says:

    I have been a couple of days behind in my readings (and boy does that throw a girl out of whack!) I just love the new format, but agree that I am missing all of the comments…..were they here and now gone? Just curious….I am sure our amazing SRT leaders will be on it!! Lots of kinks when rolling out new formats, that’s for sure!! <3

    My goodness was this a timely study….I have been in a LONG season of waiting (as many of you are aware)….. I will admit, there are days it is hard to take my eyes off of the limitations and losses I have experienced and not look at all of the blessings that have happened. I get into these "funks"…..and every. single. time. it is because my focus has switched from Him and His plan/Purpose for my life, to me, me, me…I, I, I ……what "I" want, what "I" think….everytime. One would think I would figure it out…..but apparently, I am a slow study! LOL!

    This week has been very revealing…..while stuck in this rolling funk, God has absolutely moved in ways that are absolutely undeniable….using me to bless others, to help others and to be His hands, feet and mouth in ways that if I wasn't injured, I never would have been able to…..I am REALLY working at focusing on His true presence, His gift of showing me He is here, He is with me…..and not on my losses…..I have so very much to be thankful for….I need to truly, truly focus on those blessings! <3

    Sorry for the ramblings sisters, but…..LOL!

  2. Churchlady says:

    Sad to see the comments of so many regulars disappear. Churchmouse, Tina, Sue, etc. Please reconsider the old format….love SRT❤️

  3. Kim says:

    I agree with missing the comments! Hearing from the women in this devotional provided further insight into the day’s message…and also inspired me and many times convicted me! I do hope this was a temporary thing.

  4. Melissa says:

    Love the new layout. Clean & simple, great for “morning” brains that are doing quiet time. Thank you!

  5. jessica says:

    I love the new layout! So clean!

  6. Anne Henley says:

    I really would love to have the old website format back. My favorite thing was to read comments of others. It helped me gain more insight on the readings.

  7. Dawn says:

    Yes, I too am very disappointed. Reading comments from others helped me gain understanding of the scriptures, as well as knowing I share the pains and blessings as others. Hoping the comments return!!

  8. Ashley says:

    I have gleaned so much from this community of women, so it was disappointing to see that previous conversations and comments disappeared with the website change. Will this be temporary?

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