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.
Whether you soar as eagles, run ahead, or walk with purpose, makes no difference. God’s plan and purpose for us is that we wait on him and choose to serve him and in return, we can do all of these things at various points in our lives and experience the connectedness and power of Him. When I researched this verse in KJVStrongs, I found that the words “those who wait” referred to qavah or the verb that means to stretch, twist, with tension, enduring, eagerly looking for. When we do this right, we will renew our strength; the old passes away, is removed, and the new (complete youthful replacement, new life) sprouts up in us. We have the strength (ability, strength of Samson) and power to ascend from low to high, to be taken up so that we are not dependent on our effort alone. God takes us up, causes us to soar as effortlessly as a pillar of cloud, drawing us closer to him. We will run like a swift runner, a royal escort of a royal processional, and yet we are not weary because we do not toil in our actions. For this to happen, it cannot be us alone. It’s Him with us, Jesus in us, that makes our burden, our efforts, light. We will walk or march forward moving away and forward, helping others carry their burdens without exhaustion because we are not doing it alone.
According to Gill commentary of this verse (see link below), as Christians, we may experience soaring, running, or walking for Christ dependent on our faith and/or level of spiritual maturity. At least this is my understanding of his commentary. In any case, I now read this verse with a vision of a processional where some will soar, some will be runners or royal escorts and some will walk, carrying the load for others as we all carry out our purpose in this life. Together we are the processional that honors God, we are the introduction, the first faces that others take notice of. We let others know that Jesus is coming back because we soar, run, walk out our lives without exhaustion. Others are waiting and watching us as if a parade that precedes his return. They are in awe of the beauty, not of us in outward appearance, but of our inner appearance, (faith, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, gentleness, self-control) and coordinated action, together orchestrated perfectly by the author and perfector of our Faith, Jesus! How amazing! What a responsibility. I pray that as we move into 2017, that we remember who we are, the processional of royalty and our role in the parade that will usher in our King!
Jesus, thank you that you chose me, us, to be in your processional. We are beautifully adorned with your mercy and grace and you are proud of our obedience to soar, run, and walk for you. We celebrate your return now, we do this because we know you, the plans you have for us, and trust that we will be joined again. Thank you for faith, mercy, grace and your Holy Spirit whose counsel ensures that we do not deviate from the path laid out for us; that we end our parade in the same location, heaven, with you. When we are in this processional, we are not tired, when we deviate from the path, we are alone and worn. Keep us on the path with your church, carrying the burdens for each other and throwing out your gifts of mercy and grace to those in need and encouraging them to recognize you, our King. In your name, Jesus, our Savior, I pray, Amen!
Gill commentary: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/isaiah/40.htm
KJVStrongs: http://biblehub.com/kjvs/isaiah/40.htm (search vs. 40:31)