KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:31 “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”.
We continue with our discussions on taking concrete steps to make our new year a very successful one. I believe that as much as we wish that the new year brings blessings of all sorts, life experience have thought us that it does not just happen by wishing . Life gives you according to your input.
We would need the hand of God to rest mightily on us to do exploits. Our key scripture tells us that, those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. To wait means to hope in, to trust in, to expect from the Lord. Just as a restaurant attendant waits on a client, ready to respond to any demand or request from this client. Fasting and prayer is one of the ways we could wait on the Lord.
Fasting is the act of abstinence from food over a period in order to seek the face of the Lord in pray, study of God’s word and meditation. It is basically abstinence from food so you could give attention to God. The scripture said, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like the eagle. The word renew also means to change, alter, to revive or to cause to flourish again, like a tree that has decayed and fallen down.
In this first month of the year it is just proper for Christians to seek a renewal of strength (divine ability or grace) to give them quick speed in the course of the year. Life is spiritual and we must always approach it spiritually first then the physical aspect follow suit. The statement that says, “They shall mount up with wings as Eagles” means to put forth fresh feathers like the molting eagle. It is said about the eagle that after some years of retaining its vigor to a great age, it molt (molting means shedding forth the old feathers) and renews its feathers. It gains its youthfulness one more time and lives to a very great age.
We need to renew our strength both spiritual and physical to optimise our performance in all forms. Isaiah 58:8 shows us what happens after we have waited on the Lord. “Then shall thy light break forth speedily and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of the Lord shall be thy reareward”. Isn’t this great.
Do spend some days in this month waiting on the Lord in prayer and fasting.(This does not mean you break from work, you could still be doing your normal activities yet you can be fasting) The Lord would infuse you with great ideas and new strength to make a great year.
Heavenly Father you are the strength of m y life. I ask for grace as I wait on you, so I would be more effective in every task or assignment that I may have to do.
Isaiah 58:9. “Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity”;
Luke 4:14 ” And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.”