But they who wait upon 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. – Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
The young family sat silently on their front lawn as they watched the flames engulf their home. The father kept shaking his head, wondering why God would allow something like this to happen. His prayers for a miracle intensified along with the flames, but the flames continued to burn. He searched for scripture on his smartphone that would tell him how to bring God’s supernatural hand to extinguish the flames.
The distant scream of sirens quickly approached and abruptly stopped at burning house. The family turned in unison to witness a large group of firefighters running toward their home to extinguish the flame. The father jumped to his feet and confronted the firemen.
“What are you doing?!? I didn’t call you! Get off my lawn!”
With a look of amazement and frustration, the fire captain pushed the man aside and commanded his team to advance on the flames.
Frantic and screaming, the entire family began hassling the firemen, attempting to stop them. The surprised fire captain shouted,
“You people are insane! Your house is on fire!”
The father responded, “God is going to take care of this. He’s going to put out the fire if we just wait on him!”
Frustrated and overwhelmed, the fireman shouted back, “We are here to serve you, protect you, and help you! What more do you want?!?”
Like an infant waiting on its nourishment and care from the overseeing adult – too many Christians sit on the lawn and watch their lives burn to the ground – waiting on God to supernaturally intervene. All the while, God is sending hands and feet into our lives daily.
Christian maturity comes of age as we live into Christ’s instruction to be God’s living representatives in this world. God outlined this principle throughout the narrative of faith – and through His interactions with us.
Waiting on God looks less like the family sitting on the lawn and more like the fireman who spring into action and serve. Faith in God demands active participation – seven days per week. His instructions are clear to DO what God’s word says… not to merely listen and reflect.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Locate one hot spot in your life. Write down 3 ways you can actively extinguish that fire – pick one. Give yourself 7 days to act on it.
PRAY: God, prompt me to action as I learn to wait upon you in service. Show me the traps and hazards and help me avoid them. Teach me to respond and help others as my service of waiting. Amen.