Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
Patience. It doesn’t come naturally to me. Does it to you? Think of some of your least favorite things: sitting in traffic, waiting in line at a store, waiting for a table at a restaurant…I could go on! I genuinely dislike waiting. And I KNOW that I’m supposed to find some spiritual deeper meaning in it, but I just struggle to.
And yet God in his wisdom often asks us to wait doesn’t he? I like this passage from Isaiah – it sounds really encouraging. “say to those who fearful hearts, be strong!” That is, until you read further. The nation of Israel at this moment is in a time of waiting. They are waiting for God’s deliverance. And this waiting isn’t pleasant. And so the prophet is saying – be strong “he will come to save you.” Not “he is here to save you.” But “he will come.”
In other words, “Say to those who are fearful…wait!”
While I do hate waiting, there IS hope in these words isn’t there? The hope is this: help is coming. You won’t be alone anymore. You won’t be out numbered anymore. God IS COMING to save you.
So if you are in a time of waiting for God to help you, take heart, have hope. God is coming. He will come to save you. In that promise – in that hope – you can find strength in the waiting.
Jesus I pray that when I feel like giving up, you would give me strength to keep pressing on, believing that you are coming to bring your salvation and healing to my life.