By Jack Caron
“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.” Isaiah 40:31
19th-century preacher, Phillips Brooks, was known to be a quiet and even tempered man. However, even he suffered times of aggravation and irritability. One day a friend saw him anxiously pacing the floor like a caged animal. “What’s the trouble, Mr. Brooks?” he asked. “The trouble is that I am in a hurry, but God is not!” All of us can probably relate to this statement.
In this age of “instant gratification” our society has become quite unaccustomed to waiting for anything or anyone. After all, we drive fast cars, dine on fast food, so that we can pursue careers on the “fast track.” This crazy lifestyle has become so out of control that couples now visiting Las Vegas can get married at a drive-thru wedding chapel and then proceed down the street for a quick stop with the drive-thru divorce attorney. Is it any wonder why so many lives around us are coming apart at the seams?
Certainly God’s people are no exception to the temptations of the hurried life. The Bible is replete with illustrations of ordinary folks who had to learn to wait upon God. These would include people like Abraham who saw 100 years pass before God would give him a promised heir (Gen. 21:2). Men like Moses who served 40 years in Midian tending sheep before the Lord could use him for the task of leading His people out of slavery (Ex. 3:15). The scriptures tell us of others like Hannah, who, finding herself barren and ridiculed, cried out to God year after year for a son. In His time, the Lord answered and gave her a boy named Samuel (1 Sam. 1:20). It was this same Samuel who would later anoint King David (1 Sam. 16:13). And it was through David’s lineage that God promised to send a Savior who would establish an everlasting throne. (Luke 1:32).
History also reveals some of the greatest missionary endeavors involved those who learned to wait upon God. William Carey, known as the father of the modern faith mission, labored for seven years before the first Hindu convert was brought to Christ in India. Adoniram Judson faithfully preached in Burma for seven years before he saw any response to the gospel. In parts of western Africa, it was 14 years before anyone was baptized and received into the Christian church; and in Tahiti, it was 16 years before the harvest began.
Our prayer during this 66th year of classes at New Brunswick Bible Institute is that we would find renewed strength by waiting on the Lord, and in so doing, run without weariness, walk without fainting and ultimately find ourselves soaring like eagles. (Isaiah 40:31).