It’s 2023, what are you waiting for?

What’s the key to waiting? I vividly remember running laps in basketball practice. Coach would have us run plays over and over. We would rehearse full-court press and half-court presses. Repeatedly we ran through man-to-man and zone defenses. In coach’s arsenal of fitness training was bench jumping, line drills, and running up the bleachers. Then after all of that, we would run laps. Coach would set the game clock on ten minutes, and we would run for what seemed like for hours.

A verse I memorized as the teenager is Isaiah 40:31, “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.” Over and over I would repeat that verse. My body was tired. Laps are boring. But I prayed for the ability to run and not be weary.

I learned that the renewed strength I prayed for physically, is the renewed strength I need spiritually, emotionally, and in everyday relationships with people. The background to this verse is the freeing of God’s people. At first, they fly away from their oppressors, then they gear-down to a run, and eventually a walk. They are free! This motivates them to fly, run, and walk away from slavery.

Why is the gospel good news? Because sin enslaves us. When we trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives, then he frees us from that slavery. So, in Christ, we fly, run, and walk for we have received the greatest person who ever lived, using the greatest power in the universe, to give us the greatest calling anyone can receive to go tell others the good news, and to experience the greatest freedom anyone can receive, the freedom from sin.

So what does it mean to wait? Imagine a thread from your mom’s sowing box. Now imagine one of those huge ropes that holds a ship to the dock. You are the thread. The Lord Jesus is the rope. Weave yourself into Jesus by trusting Him, receiving Him, and following Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Do it today. What are you waiting for?

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