Man Says, “Do Something!”
While God Says, “Wait upon Me”
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” KJV Isaiah 40: 30-31
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4
Strong’s Concordance – Hebrew translation: “Wait”- qavah: wait-
gather together, look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. Collect; (figuratively) to expect — gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
I can give testimony that “Waiting” on the Lord always yields the precious fruit God has purposed. I was in a “fiery spiritual trial” for two years that came to test my faith and reveal to me, His great love. During this spiritual ordeal, I had lost all hope in my salvation and did not expect that the Lord would help me. However, I received God’s Word (Isaiah 40: 31) from someone who I did not know, who was praying for me. I didn’t think anything about it at the time. All I could say after receiving it, was, “I can’t do anything but wait.” and soon afterwards I even forgot all about it. However, little by little, my faith was strengthening, and one year later, when I was overwhelmed again with uncertainty, I said, with little self-assurance, “I will just have to wait upon the Lord” ( a mustard seed of faith, barely a whisper departing from my lips). As soon as those words were spoken, I heard God’s small, still voice, say, “Don’t give your doubts and fears the time of day, just walk away.” Suddenly, I knew to ignore all my misgivings, shake the snake, and trust in the Lord. And as I climbed on-board, I began soaring, mounting up in His love, knowing without a doubt, that “nothing could ever separate me from His love” in Christ Jesus (Romans 8: 38-39).
One of the last things Jesus told his disciples to do before His ascension was to “wait” in Jerusalem until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them. They were to gather together in one place, in one accord before receiving the power to witness His salvation.
In the passage of Isaiah 40: 30-31 we see the promise of “renewed strength”.
The eagle is a creature who’s ability to fly derives from waiting for the wind’s velocity to increase before mounting up to take flight. It is the wind that supports his flight. So, he has learned to wait upon it before mounting up in his own strength.
In Pastor Dick Woodward’s booklet – As Eagles, he explains the eagle’s flight:
“When the eagle leaps from its nest into the wind, the eagle is depending on the velocity of the wind currents to give it the aeronautical lift it needs to rise and soar above a storm. If the strong wind were not there, the eagle could not soar over the storm.”[i]
When we place our complete trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3: 5-6) we will be guided in the way, soaring over our circumstances through faith. Once the Lord energizes us through our faith, then we are rested and surrendered, gliding effortlessly with confidence in what He has provided.
Just as the Lord provides the wind for the Eagle’s flight, He has provided His Holy Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit enables us to surmount any mountain and see things from His perspective. We are then at peace, the peace that passes all understanding as our confidence is no longer in ourselves, but in the One who sustains us, as He carries us to “His” place and destination (John 1: 38-39) .
We understand that the Lord’s disciple, Peter was eager to serve Him. He was the one that first recognized Jesus as the Christ. Yet Peter, had to come to the end of himself to understand that he could do nothing apart from faith in Christ Jesus. When he learned to surrender his trust in his own ability and efforts, he was empowered by God’s Holy Spirit to accomplish the Lord’s purposes.
The same can be true of the time of Pentecost. On that day, the disciples were gathered together in one place, believing as in one accord, “expecting” the Lord to send His Holy Spirit as promised. When they were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they gave witness to Christ’s salvation.
Another part of the Hebrew word gavah (wait) means to gather together, to bind together. When the disciples gathered together in one place they were like-minded, focused on the Lord’s promise, expecting the Holy Spirit to come.
And as it happened, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2: 1-4
Jesus gave the same promise concerning prayer: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18: 19-20
Again in Ecclessiastes 4: 9-12- We see there is strength in coming together.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”.
So also, as Jesus has warned; “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). So we can do nothing in our own strength and according to our own understanding.
Remember in the time of Moses that the Israelites moved when God moved. In the meantime, He provided everything they needed. He covered them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night. The Israelites made camp when the Cloud over them remained. And when the cloud moved ahead, they knew to move with it. He was their provision. In the same way, Jesus has said to follow Him. He did not tell us to go ahead of Him.
Whenever there is a sense of “anxiousness”, then know that it is not from the Lord. For God does not guide us through anxiousness but by His Peace, which is characteristic of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4: 4-7).
Anxiousness screams, “do something, now!”. While the Lord’s voice whispers, “Pray”, “Trust”and “Wait” giving His “Peace” and directing one’s path.
So when you are feeling anxious in the midst of a crisis and out of fear or compulsion you are compelled to “do something”, anything, but remaining still, know that it is not the voice of the Holy Spirit. And if you lack God’s Wisdom on what to do, then He tells us to pray and ask for it. But when we ask through prayer we are not to doubt that we will receive it, or we will miss it. The disciples were not double minded about waiting, and expecting the Lord to do what He had promised. They were of one accord expecting the promise of the filling of God’s Holy Spirit. As they waited, they prayed, and encouraged one another with psalms, and God’s promises. And then at the right time, while they were waiting, they received the promise and went out and witnessed the glorious miracle.
Let’s look at “anxiousness” as illustrated in the scriptures concerning Jesus’ friends, Mary and Martha. Jesus had come to their home for dinner. While Martha was running around trying to make things “perfect” for her guest, Mary chose to wait at His feet. When Martha complained to Jesus about Mary not helping, He did not agree with her but pointed out that Mary had chosen what was best- “Him” - (Luke 10: 41-42).
Sometimes as Christians we are like Martha, running around trying to do something for Jesus. When what Jesus really desires is our fellowship. Jesus, gave us this example by His habit of rising up early in the morning before daybreak to pray and commune with the Father. He spent time alone with the Father before going out to heal, preach and serve. He even told His disciples that “He only did the works He saw His Father doing.” One important illustration of Christ not acting on His own is when His friend, Lazarus was sick. His disciples were urging him to leave what He was doing and go heal him. But instead, Jesus waited four days before going. When Jesus did go, Lazarus was already dead (asleep in Christ). However, Jesus was accomplishing a far greater thing.
Jesus waited to do something far more significant, by raising his friend from the dead
( John 11:11-15).
I experienced the Lord’s deliverance in childbirth, when I remembered during “transition” ( hardest part of labor) to call on the Lord. As soon as I asked Him for help, He was immediately at my side, reminding me to “relax my body and surrender my resistance. So, I let go. Within minutes, my baby was born without any medical assistance.
There is a type of pain that arrives from hard labor that afterwards produces a reward. The reward is seeing the fruit of one’s labor. Our labor is to yield to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, direction, and timing, and to trust in the Lord with all our heart, which always produces the fruit that brings Glory to Him, alone.
Pray – Philippians 3: 4-7 Trust – Proverbs 3: 5-6 Wait – Isaiah 40:31
[i] As Eagles: How to Become an Eagle Disciple by Pastor Dick Woodward- Publication: International Cooperating Ministries p. 14
What is Faith?: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Why is Faith Important?: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Where does this faith come?: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Whom should we place our Faith?: …Anyone who comes to him (God) must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him(Jesus Christ) shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3: 16
How do we receive Faith?: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
- Sharing the Fruit of My Trial (doulafaith.org)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23
- Fruit is synonymous with evidence of our faith. If we have a relationship with the Lord the Holy Spirit will be the sign that we have faith.
- He only gives the Holy Spirit to those who belong to Him.
- He will not remove His Holy Spirit from us and the Holy Spirit will complete the work that Christ began in us.
- You will be attracted to the things of God and His Word through faith.
- We have times of wandering but Christ is still in us. He will bring us back into the fold and right relationship with himself. He will prune and discipline us because we belong to Him.
- A pregnant woman shows signs that she has a child growing in her womb and that she has come into a relationship with a man, even though you cannot see the child, her protruding belly gives evidence of it.
- As the baby grows inside there is even more evidence of the fact that a woman is pregnant. One day the complete evidence of this child will be revealed.
- You can believe all day long that the seed you hold in your hand will grow into an orange tree, but until you place it in the soil it will not grow. You do have to plant it.
- Hebrews 11 speaks of faith and the manifestation and evidence of it in the lives of those who believed before Christ was revealed. They all did something. This did not earn them their faith but rather it was the evidence that they already possessed it.
- Christ spoke of having a relationship with Himself by using the metaphor of the Vine and the branches bearing fruit. The fruit is the evidence that the branch is connected to the Vine. John 15: 5-11
- If you have a relationship with Christ Jesus there will be evidence of it through your faith.
- If you have a relationship with someone you will know them.
- Others will know that you have that relationship because there will be evidence of it through the faith you exhibit in that relationship. You trust that relationship or rather, you trust that person.
- When you have a relationship with Christ Jesus; it is manifested in the trust and faith you reveal in Him either through action or word. Others will know that you have a relationship with Him because of your faith.
- Therefore, I believe Faith is the Fruit manifested in a believer’s life.
- And the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control (Galatians 5: 22-23)
(1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19)
“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”
(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)
“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”
(Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)
In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to “Complete your Salvation”.
(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)
The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”
“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”
(1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)
“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.”
(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)
“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”
(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17,19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19, Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)
“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul. You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
(John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)
“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.”
(Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)
“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”
(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”
(Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)
“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”
“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Trust.”
(James 1: 2-5)
“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”
(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)
“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”
“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”
“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
John 1: 1-5
Before God created mankind (make and female) He provided for life in every way. He created light, food, water, and even the atonement for sins (Genesis 3: 21). Jesus is that provision. In Him is light that pierces the darkness, He is the bread that nourishes the soul, He is the living water that quenches the thirst for righteousness (John 4:10), and He is the complete atonement for sins (Genesis 3:15).
Communion with Christ is fellowship with the Creator.
Partake of Him daily, as the manna that falls down from heaven. Drink deeply of His living water that cleanses all sins (John 6: 53-59). Allow Him to illuminate your being, so there be no darkness in you.
He created these things and became these things to give you eternal life and divine fellowship.
Only Christ can fill the void and emptiness as He did before He created the world (Genesis 1:1).
In Christ Jesus a believer lacks nothing, for He is God’s complete and only “Provision”.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16