The Biblical verse Isaiah 40:31 “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” is one of the popular biblical verses. It is mostly used to motivate people who are downhearted or been waiting earnestly for something but can’t even see a glimpse of their expectations coming to fruition. I’ve once been a patient in the hospital of” waiting upon the Lord” and the dose that kept me in the Out Patients Department (OPD) of this hospital and resulted in me checking out when the doctor (God) finally discharged me was Isaiah 40:31.
I’ve grown used to this popular cliché “God’s time is the best” and I must admit, it is the best. The hard truth about God’s time is that it is unknown. It can’t be projected nor predicted. It usually comes when we’re at the end of our tether in life. It takes long when seen from the human perspective especially in an era where in almost every human activity, speed is of the essence.
What does it mean to “wait upon”? To wait upon according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is to stay in a place until an expected event happens until someone arrives, or until it is your turn to do something.
I found an interesting Greek translation of the phrase “to wait for”. The Greek translation of “to wait for” is perimeno. It is a combination of two words peri and meno. Peri (a preposition) is the root of the English term “perimeter” which means properly all-round (on every side): encompassing, comprehensive; where all the bases are covered (inclusively).
“Meno” on the other hand means to stay, abide or remain. It is also equivalent to “to continue to be” i.e. not perish, to last, to endure, to survive or live. Perimeno (to wait for) means to remain all-round.
From my observation, I’ve come to realize that some people’s understanding of Isaiah 40:31 as just waiting upon the LORD to bring their expectations to reality while staying idle is a fallacy. They pray relentlessly without doing nothing and hope their strength will be renewed. They expect to mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint while waiting upon the Lord. If the Greek meaning of “waiting for” is anything to go by, then most people are getting Isaiah 40:31 all wrong.
I remember while waiting upon the Lord, one thing I constantly did was reading good books. I properly covered my perimeter with good books to avoid becoming rusty when it comes to writing coherently and speaking fluently when it comes to the English language. This made it easy for me to quickly acclimatize with the tenets of my course when I got back to school because I covered my perimeter well. It’s as a result of this that I’ve been able to produce 60+ blog posts.
The reason why most people aren’t able to survive while waiting upon the Lord is because they’ve not covered their perimeter with anything useful. This makes them vulnerable and they end up veering off the path God churned out for them. They either give up or they relegate themselves to become average when they were meant to be epic.
Your strength can’t be built to the extent of being renewed if you’re not engaged in any activity. A typical example is weightlifting. From my little experience, while trying to build muscles with a dumbbell, I’ve realized that the number of rounds I’m able to lift the dumbbell on subsequent days is higher than the first day I tried. The more I lift, the more my endurance rate increases and the more muscles I build.
The Bugatti Chiron is currently the fastest car in the world packed with a 1.500 horsepower with a top speed of 288 mph (464 km/h). It could even go faster but it’s electronically programmed to not go over the 288 mph limit. Per the specs of this car, it would surpass any other car on a racetrack any day. Imagine what would happen to this car when it is sent to a racetrack for racing after being packed in the garage for 2years without being used.
You might have mindblowing abilities akin to the horsepower of a Bugatti Chiron but as life will have it, some setbacks will restrict your progress. In as much as you’re looking up to God to put you back on the race track even though some say “Life is not a race”, waiting doesn’t mean you should be idle.
You can only mount up with wings as an eagle after the Lord answers your prayer when you’ve got your base properly covered. It can be sharpening your skills to suit the job you eagerly want while waiting upon the Lord to give you a job opportunity. It can be working on your character to be a wife or husband material while waiting upon the Lord to give you that suitable spouse.
It can be working hard at improving on your talent while waiting for a major breakthrough in whatever industry you want to break into.
From my point of view, you can only mount up with wings as an eagle, run and not be weary, walk and not faint if you build yourself up while waiting upon the Lord.
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P.S. Ever wondered why reference was made to an Eagle in Isaiah 40:31? Watch out!! for my next post.