Ever Feel Like Running Away?

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   July 9, 2004   •   Topics:

Sometimes it seems that troubles descend on us like a sudden storm that dumps 10 inches of rain in 24 hours. Troubles so often come in bunches or in such rapid succession that we barely have time to catch our breath between them.

We don’t live on a perpetual high, and neither did the Psalmist David. He once longed for the wings of a dove so that he might fly away and be at rest.(1) We’d settle for the wings of a 747 plane–or even a Piper Cub!

In Isaiah 40:31 I discovered God’s promise to us: those who “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.”(2)

So it boils down to running away or waiting. The key seems to be “waiting on the Lord.”(3)

In our “instant” generation most of us don’t wait easily. But we need to learn. F. B. Meyer wrote, “Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear.”

Jeremiah, in the most dismal of circumstances, wrote: “The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him.”(4)

(1) Psalm 55:6. (2) Isaiah 40:31, KJV. (3) Cf. Isaiah 40:31. (4) Lamentations 3:25, KJV.

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  1. mindy says:

    I wait on the lord, my marriage of 30 years. I love my husband and he has back slide into internet services with women. I pray God will fill him with salvation and holy spirit.

  2. Scott Ruckman says:

    I too was let go from a church we built after being born again and being part of the church for 12 yrs. I had pointed out some things unscriptural but my life wasn’t perfect either …I guess I was a nobody wanting to be somebody! Then I read Romans 10:19 Contemporary Bible and realized I’m going to make it!

  3. sylvia says:

    Thank you for the refreshing notes such as”but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength” NLT 40:31 Need it for my anxious thoughts and worry for my settlement

  4. Kimberly Bane says:

    I have asked for prayer from BGEA for my 20 yr daughter Sarah. She is backsliding and will not come home and living for the world. She has been saved but will not let us talk abt God to her. She has so much anger and is living with a friend from school and her parents. We are worried to death abt her and this influence they have on her. We have prayed and prayed and need a breakthrough desperately. This has been encouraging to wait on The Lord and have faith. Please continue to pray for God to convict and turn or baby girl back to him and us.