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May 3, 2013

TISCIONE: What are we waiting for?

By LOU TISCIONE

“But they who wait for 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)

God’s declaration through the prophet Isaiah is a promise for believers. The verse is in contrast to those who appear strong like youths and those who are powerful. Those who are strong in worldly terms will all grow tired and weary. But, those who wait for the Lord will not only survive but will run because they won’t get tired.

God promised to deliver His people. The prophet Isaiah began Chapter 40 with God’s word of “comfort.” “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” This Chapter of Isaiah is the beginning of the “Suffering Servant” passages. The “Servant” is revealed to be Jesus. He declared that He was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the Suffering Servant, (Luke 4:18-21). The Servant of God, Jesus, is the one who brings comfort. The comfort He brings is the assurance of deliverance which leads to glory in heaven.

Isaiah often wrote in the prophetic past tense. That is, he saw future events as completed. When he wrote of judgment, he saw the total destruction of the wicked. He saw their final end. He used expressions such as, “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:7)

The end is certain. On the one hand God will establish perfect righteousness and on the other He will judge all ungodliness. There will be no escape for the ungodly. But He will also lift the curse of original sin and usher in the new heaven and the new earth. (Revelation 21)

For His people God has promised comfort, peace and glory. This is what we are waiting for. We know that God never fails to keep His word. His word declares He has claimed His people as His possessions. (Isaiah 43:1)

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