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Isaiah 40:31 speaks powerfully to our hope in the Lord. It is one of the most powerful teachings on the practical application of God's hope in our lives.

“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.”

What is the difference between waiting and hoping?


If you are waiting, you may have put yourself in the place to receive what or who is coming. If you are waiting your eyes are probably not on the horizon as much as they are on your watch. “Why is he late?” “When will they get here?”

There is tension expressed in the word wait. Hebrew words often have vivid metaphors. The word for wait here comes from the word for a string or a cord. And the picture is first of a cord being twisted or stretched.

But then the picture evolves into a cord being bound around something. So we find ourselves bound together with what we hope for when we wait. We see our lives bound tightly to what we are hoping for.


Throughout the Bible our hope is presented as something that is certain. It is dependable. You can Bank on your hope in Jesus Christ. And as your grip on that hope is strengthened, it shifts to waiting as we trust in the fulfillment of the promises of God.


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