Give Thanks in Waiting
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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.
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.