The Strength in the Waiting

Psalm 31:24

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.

This verse, indeed the Bible, strikes a strange balance. On the one hand: wait for the Lord. On the other: be strong and courageous. How do we do this? How do we wait AND be strong and courageous? That doesn’t seem quite right, does it?

We have a hard time making sense of this because we tend to think of courageous strength as self-built (wrong!) and patient waiting as passivity (wrong!). Psalm 31:24 says that courageous strength comes from waiting on the Lord, implying in turn that such holy halting is the gift of ferocious faith. Effort-laden expectation, we see, comes only from God’s mighty mitts.

While we hold onto Him, He’s truly the one holding onto us, making us strong, courageous, and watchful. So when it’s time to take courage and be strong, or it’s time to wait on the Lord, remember that our lives are always both. We await a Savior, Christ Jesus the Lord, so we can be very bold. All authority is His.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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