Waiting in 2016

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40:31 MSG)

I used bold font to emphasize the word that arrested me in this passage: wait. It’s not one of my favorites. When I decide on a course of action, I am ready to act… now. What I’ve learned is that worshiping God, giving Him control, requires that I follow His timeline, not my own.

I have instances in my past when I chose not to wait. I decided what to do and then asked God to bless it. “Here’s what I’m doing God, now please let it work out.” God is so gracious that He’s rescued me from myself even in those situations.

My goal for 2016 (and beyond) is to follow Isaiah’s words. Let God lead. Wait on the Lord.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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