THE VIOLENCE OF WAITING

April 23, 2013

THE VIOLENCE OF WAITING

Isa. 40:31 “But those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Apparently our Father in Heaven places a lot of importance on the activity of waiting. Waiting on Him. I must confess, I do not naturally take joy in this activity. It seems too much like wasting time to me and being a high energy person, I do not like to waste time! Too many things to do to just be sitting around waiting for something to happen is my way of thinking. If I can see the benefit or necessity of something I am much more comfortable with it and will willing participate in it, even if it is for a short term. So recently Jesus gave me some of His perspective of what waiting accomplishes in the life of the Believer.
As I mentioned, I have never been good with waiting. I want to feel I am accomplishing something with my time. I am probably like many who have not put a great value on waiting due to the seemingly inactivity that can take place in the physical realm but, of course, the Lord sees it differently. I feel many times He purposely puts us in situations where we have no other recourse but to wait on Him. He says those that will wait will actually gain. Gain new strength, new insight, new perspective, new wisdom, and new vigor for the seasons ahead. Therefore, He places us in positions to gain! To gain more from Him and move in new strength that is gained from cooperating with Him.
Even though I have never been good at this activity of waiting I find myself in this place again. This season of waiting is different than previous ones in that it involves some significant heart issues therefore is more challenging. I am finding that violence is required in waiting well. I am convinced that waiting on the Lord is something that must be learned and regularly submitted to in order to really benefit from it. I am learning this in a new way.
This time around, I am finding that as I wait in the Lord’s presence He is able to accomplish major breakthroughs in my heart and to calm my emotions. My soul is being taught to submit to the will of my spirit as I sit in the instructions of Holy Spirit. As waiting in Christ is not a passive action but a place of warfare as there seems to be any number of ‘immediate things’ that constantly shout for my attention.

Our souls are hard wired to have stimulation. Being a ‘high energy’ person I am more comfortable being physically busy. In waiting, my soul is being taught to take a back seat to the things of the Holy Spirit in order to actually find new strength. This place of allowing my spirit man to lead is also a strategic place of war against the forces of darkness. Remember eagles see from a very high place and I am being positioned to pray, minister and govern my life from this high place in Jesus. No wonder that warfare surrounds waiting! We must press through. Press through the distractions in our own souls in order to gain the benefits of waiting on the Lord.
I want this new strength. I desperately need it! Truly, only Jesus knows what awaits each one of us in the seasons of our life. Only He has the vantage to see what we are headed into and what we will have to encounter so it is wisdom to follow His lead into places of hiddenness and waiting. When this season has accomplished its work we will emerge with the ability to move with new agility in the spirit, new wings to fly, new perspective and new insight.
As we wait, we gain. When the Lord brings you into your season of waiting I encourage you to embrace it, lean into it and allow the presence of Jesus to renew and refresh you in ways you are not able to see until the violence of waiting gives way to the place of new equipping in Jesus.

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

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