“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…” (Isa. 40:31, NKJV).
Have you ever read this verse and thought to yourself, “Soaring on wings like eagles must be amazing. I wonder what that feels like? I’ve been waiting on God, and I’m definitely not soaring yet.”
I have good news for you. By the end of the story, you will be soaring on eagles’ wings. If you’re not soaring yet, it’s not the end of the story.
There is a subtlety to this Scripture that not many people notice. Through the prophet Isaiah, Holy Spirit is actually describing a process. There is a “before” and an “after” to be found in this passage. There is also a vitally important interim “in between” the two.
Here is the “before”: “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall…” (v. 30, NIV). Notice the word “youths?” Holy Spirit is highlighting for us that part of the journey when we are still green. Inexperienced. Untested. Easily worn out. More prone to stumbling. That is only the beginning! There is so much more to come!
Followed by the “before,” comes the “in between.” It’s summed up in four apparently simple words: “…wait on the Lord…” Oh but they are SO FAR from simple!! These four words encapsulate thirteen years of Joseph’s testing between the pit and the palace. Sandwiched in this “simple” phrase is twenty-five years of Abraham’s journey between his promise and his paternity! There is SO MUCH packed into the waiting.
But take an even closer look. See what happens during the long wait? “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (v. 29). If you don’t feel like you’re soaring yet, this is exactly the phase in which you currently find yourself. He is increasing your power. He is giving you strength. He is building faith muscle into you. He is making you into an endurance runner.
As you press forward along the race marked out for you, this is where you are headed – this is your “after”: “They will run and not grow weary…” (v. 31)
That’s you. You are going to be able to run like the wind and not grow weary. You are on your way to becoming someone the devil cannot wear out. God is turning you into a mighty spiritual athlete who, like Elijah, will be able to outrun Ahab’s chariot. You are going to run in the supernatural power of the Lord.
There’s a pair of eagles’ wings waiting for you up ahead. Do not give up!
If you would like to read more in depth about God’s “in between” process in our lives, I’ve written several longer posts about the subject on my other blog, What Do You See? You can find them starting here: