Word of the day: Isaiah 40 vs 31 – Wait on the Lord
Caption: Wait on the Lord
Memorise: 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. Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
Isaiah 40:31 – NIV – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 – NLT – 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 – AMPC – But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Isaiah 40 vs 31 in Yoruba
Isaiah 40:31 – Ṣugbọn awọn ti o ba duro de Oluwa yio tun agbara wọn ṣe; nwọn o fi iyẹ́ gùn oke bi idì; nwọn o sare, kì yio si rẹ̀ wọn; nwọn o rìn, ãrẹ̀ kì yio si mu wọn.
Key: There were two men who went to a company in search for a job. On getting there, the receptionist told them to sit down and that the boss would see them in an hour’s time. Being anxious and excited they sat waiting for the boss. One hour turned to five hours. They kept on asking the receptionist if the boss would still see them but she kept on telling them that would. Hours later the men became discouraged and asked the receptionist again but she got angry and said if they want to go they should and she doesn’t know if the boss would still see them.
One of the men stood up angrily and left, saying he has other things to do and he would settle for a lesser job anywhere he finds it because he felt they would only keep them waiting and eventually send them home. Few minutes after he left, the boss came out and attended to the one that stayed back.
That’s how most Christians are; we get discouraged when we don’t get what we desire from God and then look for alternatives.
They that wait upon the Lord shall find new strength. Waiting may be tiring but one thing is that the moment your desire is met you feel so much joy that you forget all about the pain of the waiting period.
Waiting doesn’t mean just sitting and doing nothing, the waiting period is when you pray, fast and hold on to God’s promises faithfully. These are the things that renews one’s strength while waiting. When you are going through one thing or the other and you sit back doing nothing it means you have accepted defeat. Don’t just sit back, pray, tarry in God’s presence, wait for His voice and take that step of faith.
Reflection: Remember that alternatives will never match up to God’s plan for you. (Read- https://www.ferventxtian.com/word-of-the-day-jeremiah-29-vs-11-hope-assured-an-expected-end/)