Daily Worship

Waiting on the Lord

Robert Allan February 10, 2021 0 0
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Isaiah 40: 25-31 (GNT)

25 To whom can the holy God be compared?
    Is there anyone else like him?
26 Look up at the sky!
Who created the stars you see?
    The one who leads them out like an army,
    he knows how many there are
    and calls each one by name!
His power is so great—
    not one of them is ever missing!

27 Israel, why then do you complain
    that the Lord doesn't know your troubles
    or care if you suffer injustice?
28 Don't you know? Haven't you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God;
    he created all the world.
He never grows tired or weary.
    No one understands his thoughts.
29 He strengthens those who are weak and tired.
30 Even those who are young grow weak;
    young people can fall exhausted.
31 But those who trust in the Lord for help
    will find their strength renewed.
They will rise on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not get weary;
    they will walk and not grow weak.

I reckon we have all felt a bit scunnered at times over the last year because our “normal lives” have been curtailed and we have all developed a sense of loathing for COVID-19. It has hemmed us in in more ways than one. And yet it has been so deadly a disease that the restrictions have been necessary. Perhaps we have even echoed some of the words of Israel, complaining that the Lord doesn’t seem to know about our troubles and if he does, he doesn’t seem to care too much. I could write pages now on what implications emerge from such a topic about faith and prayer, about suffering and illness, about God’s power and love, but for now let me say that these days we live through and through the coming months, is a time for us to continue to wait upon the Lord. Yes, wait with our questions and our groans, but also to wait knowing our God’s presence and love and peace with us and within us, then we may find our strength renewed, body, mind and spirit, and rise again on wings like eagles.


Loving God, life is hard at times and we have dealt with, and still deal with, a mixture of emotions as normal life continues to be disrupted. But through Jesus you have called us to disrupt normal life in other ways, loving our neighbours, loving our enemies, praying for those who persecute us, forgiving seventy times seven, leaving riches behind and leaving judgement behind as we deal with the logs in our own eyes. So help us to wait upon you, not only to give us new strength to cope with what life brings, but to give us renewed vision to see your Kingdom come. Amen.