Megan Oaks | @MeganCOaks
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Growing up I can remember reading this verse and taking it as waiting patiently on the Lord for his plan to be fulfilled. As an adult I have a completely different understanding of this command. As I’ve grown in faith and understanding of the word, I realize “waiting” does not mean to sit idly by and twiddle my thumbs waiting for God to do something; but rather it is a direction to get up and wait ON the Lord, to do His work and be His servant.
As believers we are called to be doers of the word -- to work out our faith with works. As James says “what good is it to have faith and not works”? What good are we doing for the Kingdom of God by sitting in expectancy? In the same way that you would exercise your muscles to grow them, you too are called to exercise your faith to grow. Utilize the gifts and tools God has given you to be a witness to those around you.
Maybe you’re going through a difficult time in life right now and things just seem too much to handle. I encourage you to not only dig deeper into the word for the answers God has already provided you, but to act out your faith one step at a time. Live courageously by faith that as you are waiting upon the Lord, as you serving Him, He will strengthen you. You will rise up with wings and soar, to run and not grow tired. In my hardest times, that was the comfort I needed. I needed to be encouraged that God was going to carry me through the fire. In return, I needed to be reminded that he requires my service as well. It is a relationship we have with our Savior and just like a marriage, it takes work on both parts to succeed. God has provided us with all we need, we just have to have the faith to rise up and walk it out.
I pray today that as you read this that you would be encouraged to step out in faith and find ways to serve God. Wait patiently upon Him and allow Him to move freely through your life. As you begin to serve Him, you will find the strength He has promised to make it through every trial before you.
Megan Oaks is Maryland born, North Carolina raised, currently residing in New Mexico and looking forward to retirement in East Tennessee. Married to her Earthly hero, an Airman in the Air Force and mother to their three "acorns". Recently enrolled in her first college semester at 30 years old and striving toward a degree in Rad Tech. In her spare time, which is few and far between, Megan enjoys photography, reading, following the Baltimore Ravens and reality television. Air Force wife, mother to three, and daughter of the most high King. You can contact her via Twitter at @megancoaks.