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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Waiting on the Messiah

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

The waiting you are currently on is a time to let God renew your strength, elevate you and supply you with endless energy so you can watch other promises be fulfilled in your life.

Isaiah 9:6 states "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."


Even though the Messianic promise wasn't fulfilled till the New Testament [in our Bible], the promise was given back in the old Testament. Many OT prophets and saints waited for the fulfillment of the promise of a Messiah, but died without seeing the promise come to pass.


Can you imagine the disappointment of some? From research, I learned that the promise of the birth of a Messiah went over 400 years unfulfilled. That's a long time to wait!


Patience is not a virtue many of us possess. So, the idea of waiting for something for 400 years is definitely daunting. I say this from both personal experience and observing the lives of other people.


However, the Word of God loves to teach us patience and discusses the benefits of waiting patiently several times.


Isaiah 40:31 states "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."


What happens when we wait?


Well, first of all, our strength is renewed.

Impatience can be exhausting! Worries and thoughts to speed up the process on whatever it is you're waiting on can suck the life right out of you. But when you wait, anxiety, worries are all eliminated as they're replaced by faith and trust in the process.


Second, we become elevated.

Stress and anxiety can cause depression. I have dealt with this personally. However, when we wait patiently on God and in His presence, our soul becomes elevated. We are able to fly higher than our circumstances because He mounts us up with wings as eagles. Of course we do not grow literal wings, but spiritually, His presence creates an elevation in our lives that allows us to fly higher than the frequency of the circumstances we are facing.


Third and finally, He supplies us with endless energy to wait.

The latter part of Isa 40:31 is truly a miracle. I love to run; and even though I enjoy it, there always come a point when I become tired. So the idea of being able to run and not get weary/tired is very fascinating to me. Yes, I realize this verse is not just talking about a physical run, spiritual runs can make us tired too. But the Word of God is encouraging us today with the promise of strength and an energy that only comes from above.


Conclusion

As you go through this Christmas season, what are you waiting on God for? If you have a list, don't feel bad, because you are not alone. In fact, waiting isn't new. Four hundred plus years ago, people had to wait on the fulfillment of the birth of a Messiah. (Next week we will discuss more about the fulfillment of the promise). However, when that promise was fulfilled, it birthed so many other promises.


Friend, the waiting you are currently on is a time to let God renew your strength, elevate you and supply you with endless energy so you can watch other promises be fulfilled in your life.


Challenge

Spend 10 to 15 minutes in prayer with the song Wait on You [Disclaimer: I do not claim or own the rights to this song.]


Stay Blessed

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