Lent: Day 21

Over 2,700 years ago, the Jewish prophet Isaiah declared that “those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)  What a promise! The key, of course, is “waiting upon the Lord.”

Some of us might think that “waiting for God” and “waiting on God” are much the same. We couldn’t be more wrong.

The ancient prophet was not urging us simply to hang on until God shows up (waiting for God). Rather, implicit in all that he writes is the call to live lives of attentiveness and service to God (waiting on God). The former denotes passivity; the latter reflects activity.

Waiter

Consider the waiters at your favorite restaurant. The very best of them listen carefully to what we say and earnestly attend to our requests. Waiting on us at the meal-table means attentiveness and service.

Lent should develop a similar posture in each of us. While we might be “waiting for God to show up,” He is often doing the same for us. Will we show up for Him today? More importantly, will He find us to be attentive servants who wait on Him today?

“Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.”

Father, I turn my heart again towards You. I want to wait upon You today—to be attentive to Your voice and serve You in the world. Please guide me by Your Spirit, for the glory of Your Son. Amen.

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4 Responses to Lent: Day 21

  1. Lansing Molzen says:

    Thank you for sending this everyday of Lent it has made this time much more meaningful to me. I really appreciated today’s message, as I had never thought about waiting on the Lord with attentiveness and service. Thank you for giving me a new perspective.
    Blessings, Lansing

  2. Toni Dunning says:

    Love this post! What a difference it makes to think of it this other way!

    • David Timms says:

      Yes, Toni, it seems like we would make greater progress waiting on God rather than sitting around waiting for God! 🙂 I hope you’re doing well. Blessings.

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