Restoration of national life in the Jews is unique in the history of mankind. The men who led the remnant back were God-fearing men like Ezra and Zerubbabel, men who waited on God. Men who had their times of fear and depression and weakness, hut who went to God and came back not only strengthened themselves, but able to strengthen their brethren.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
We all face hard times and need persevering strength which only the Lord can provide that strength. Also God knows how we feel and what we fear, and He is adequate to meet our every need. We live in a world that prides itself in all its accomplishments.
These physical victories that God gave Israel are typical of a much greater truth, and that’s the truth that is expressed in our text, that God is our spiritual strength. Strengthened by His Holy Spirit, we are able to fight the daily battle of faith.
Rely on God
Hence, we must wait for the idea of looking forward to, expecting, desiring that the Lord would send strength. Restoration from God delivered Israel from their enemies. Therefore God will deliver us from our spiritual enemies too.
God wants us to wait upon Him. He wants us to see our weakness so that we might pray to him for weakness. We must go to Him with the burden of all your sins. And then wait upon Him for strength as well. Waiting on the Lord challenges us to be people of prayer; people of scripture, people of worship, and people of sacrament. So we must pray to build our relationship with God, to open our hearts to him in love.