Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired. [Isaiah 40:31 GW]

"Hurry up and wait" was the mantra in basic training. The word "wait" carries with it visions of hope deferred and calls to be patient. Yet the word is the cornerstone for many who experience hard times. For a believer, the word is all about hopeful expectation of things to come.

I love how this translation adds "with hope" to the text. In a spiritual sense waiting is not a passive phenomenon. It is, however, a releasing of control. An embodiment of trust in the One who is hope. As we wait, this verse promises a renewal of needed spiritual strength.

In my life I have found this word "wait" to be one of the most challenging in my vocabulary. So often I want to rush in and control that which cannot be controlled. In such times I sense God whispering to me about how I must trust him. How I must release my life to him. And wait.

In you Lord we trust. Our hope is in you Father. Teach us to wait.

... this devotion is part of the z2a bible words series.

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