Read: Isaiah 33:2 |
Benefit # 2 of waiting in God’s Waiting Room – Receive spiritual adrenaline (See prior week posting for Part 1)
In 1982, in Lawrenceville, Ga., Angela Cavallo lifted a 1964 Chevrolet Impala off her son, Tony, after it fell off the jacks that had held it up while he worked underneath the car. Infused with a rush of adrenaline, Mrs. Cavallo lifted the 3,200+ pound car high enough and long enough for two neighbors to replace the jacks and pull Tony from beneath the car.
Adrenaline is a hormone released in response to stressful events. Temporarily we are more agile, possess more strength and capable of rapidly processing information. When the stressful situation ends, the adrenal glands stop producing adrenaline and we return to our normal state. [Society for Endocrinology]
Spiritual adrenaline is available to believers who wait when God says, “wait”. Whereas adrenaline is an involuntary release of hormones in our bodies caused by fear or fright, spiritual adrenaline is released based on God’s timing. In other words, it is not limited to a stressful situation.
As needed, the Holy Spirit slowly releases spiritual adrenaline which allows us to run and not get tired and walk and not get weary (Isaiah 40:31). Sometimes the spiritual adrenaline will aide us physically, emotionally, intellectually or in a multitude of ways.
Receive Supernatural Physical Strength
Isaiah 40:31 tells us “those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength.”
David, for example, was tested and waited even though he had his mighty warriors prepared to support him (2 Samuel 23:8-39). With his mighty warriors, he could have attempted to take the throne from King Saul. However, David waited and when the Lord finally delivered him from the hands of his enemies and made him King, he attributed his physical strength to the Lord (2 Samuel 22:40).
In fact, if we examine the Scriptures, we find that every time one of God’s saints gains a victory, he or she was waiting and trusting in the Lord. While waiting with God, the Holy Spirit infuses us with spiritual adrenaline that gives us the physical strength needed to accomplish His plan for our lives – like Isaiah 40:31, we gain new strength.
Receive Supernatural Emotional Strength
Touching, listening, encouraging or confirming someone are among the ten ways to get and give emotional support per Dr. Barton Goldsmith in an article in Psychology Today entitled “Emotional Fitness”. [link http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-fitness/201112/10-ways-get-and-give-emotional-support]. He concludes by writing, “Emotional support is about helping to lift someone to higher ground so he or she can see their way through the difficulty. Having someone to rely on when the chips are down is one of the best parts of being in a relationship.”
Our relationship with our Maker provides us emotional support as well. He knows how to touch our hearts to soothe us. He is a friend like no other. Furthermore, His written Word provides encouragement and the Holy Spirit confirms his presence in our spirit. Through spiritual adrenaline, we receive peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Receive Supernatural Intellectual Strength
“…..flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”, Jesus tells Peter when he correctly identified Jesus as the Christ (Matthew 16:17).
I have waited upon God many times when suddenly a very clear insight occurred to me. I relate such occurrence to Peter’s experience because surely the Holy Spirit deposited the inspired thought in my mind. As we abide with Christ, He will knit our thoughts into words and then weave them into conclusions that we cannot fabricate without Him.
Adrenaline provides a temporary boost to our mind and bodies. Spiritual adrenaline provides believers who abide in Him and obey Him with supernatural energy. Under the influence of His presence and assurance of His power and guided by His spirit, there is no limit to what one can accomplish when partnered with our omnipotent God. When He asks us to wait, do not fear and do not shy away. When He calls us to wait, remember that by His power He will sustain us.
A. Have you encountered a situation where you had more strength to deal with a situation than you thought you did?
B. Has God granted you any keen insights while you waited with Him?
A. How do you balance the desire to exert your free will and “do something” with the presence of God telling you to wait?
B. Does the Old Testament verse Isaiah 40:31 work in our New Testament world? Explain.
A. Share a testimony in the comment box of a time where God blessed you while you waited without you having to lift a hand.
B. What does the statement “Good believers are unwearied waiters” mean to you. Quote from [Mark Mayberry, “Waiting on the Lord”]
Profiles on Waiting Outline
Postures we should adopt when waiting for/with/upon God
1. Wait on Time (link)
2. Watch for Him (link)
3. Wait by walking within Touching Distance (link)
4. Work while waiting upon God’s Answer (link)
5. Willful Waiting does not Wilt (link)
6. Weather the Storms while waiting under His Umbrella (link)
7. Wait with an Unwavering Faith (link)