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Isaiah 40:3

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Bible Study-Waiting On God

Isaiah 40:31 (Amplified Bible)

31But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.


Quietly waiting on God (spending time alone with Him in prayer, worship, or Bible reading), as Isaiah 40:31 encourages us, does more to restore our bodies, minds, and emotions than anything else we can do. We need to do this regularly. I urge you to insist on quiet time with God; do not let anyone take those consecrated moments from you. In those times, God empowers you to face everything you need to do with renewed physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength.


Isaiah 40:31 teaches us that waiting on God is expecting, looking for, and hoping in Him. It is spending time with Him in His Word and in His Presence. We do not get upset while we wait on God. We rest. Sometimes when you start to get nervous and upset, anxious or worried, you just need to tell yourself, "sit down." That does not mean just your physical body; it also means your soul- your mind, will, and emotions. It is important to let your entire being rest.


Under the Old Covenant, when the high priest went into the Holy of Holies to make blood sacrifices for the sins of the people, he did not sit down. It seems very unlikely that there was a chair in there because the Bible does not mention it, even though it offers detailed descriptions of the Isralites' place of worship. The requirements on the high priest were so stringent that he did what he had to do and left. He could not rest in the Presence of God.


We have been told that the high priest wore bells on his robe and hat he had a rope tied to his waist. As he moved around the Holy of Holies, people outside could hear the bells. If the bells stopped ringing, the people knew he had done something wrong and had died, so they would pull him out by the rope. There is such a powerful lesson in that. It teaches us that people could not rest in God's Presence under the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant had many laws and was based on works. But thank God, the New Covenant is based on the finished work Jesus has accomplished, not our own merits or works.


Jesus, our High Priest Who went into the Holy of Holies with His own Blood, put the Blood on the mercy seat in heaven and sat down. Now the atonement for the sins of the world is finished. If you are struggling in your life, take a seat and rest in God's Presence. The promise of God's peace is not made to those who work and struggle in their own strength, but to those who sit and rest in Christ Jesus. Wait on Him, and your strength will be renewed my friends.