Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bind Together

I am going to begin teaching a class this Sunday at my church called Wives Renewed (little plug :) and in preparation I went back to the passage in Isaiah that inspired our title.

Spoken after Isaiah reminds the reader of God's vast greatness, Isaiah 40:31 says, "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

So what does it mean to "wait"? This excited me so much! I did a word study and discovered the actual meaning of the word we often avoid. To "wait" means "to bind together; this word stresses the straining of the mind in a certain direction with an expectant attitude." WOW. Are you with me? Let's reread the verse...

"But those who (bind together with) the Lord shall renew their strength." This word translated "wait" does not mean to sit still. This word means to strain our minds toward the Lord, bind ourselves to Him, that HE may strengthen us--mind, body, soul, and spirit.

If we are in need of strength, the answer is sure--bind ourselves to Him. Then allow Him to stretch, convict, break, and transform us into the man or woman that brings Him great glory. He will make us to run and not be weary, walk and not faint. Do you believe?


FYI: Wives Renewed, an 8-week class, Westover Church, Greensboro, NC, beginning Sept. 13, Sundays, 11 a.m. in E204. Hope to see you there!

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