KJV) But they that 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.
For decades mankind
has tried everything imaginable to preserve their youth. They have tried
creams, tonics, mud packs, mineral baths and face lifts, but so far nothing has
The fact is:
sooner or later everyone’s fluffy cheeks will start sagging, their biceps will
start swinging from the bottom and they will begin to notice extra skin growing
on their neck. But just because these things happen it does not mean that their
better days are over or they are becoming a second class citizen.
It seems that
growing older (particularly here in the States) has almost become a shameful
experience. As a result, millions of dollars are spent each year trying to stop
the aging process so one can continue to fit into a society that they helped
create…but now are too old for.
I am both amazed
and blessed when I go to other countries and see how they respect their older
folks. They not only respect them for their age, but they also believe they are
much wiser because of their age and experience.
text is not really talking about our outer beauty, it is talking about our
inner strength. Because man is naturally prideful he is more prone to think of
renewing his looks rather than renewing his exhausted strength…or a strength
that has been used up.
According to our
text the Lord is a lot more interested in our inner strength than He is in our
outer looks. The only way one’s inner strength can be renewed is by “Waiting
upon the Lord.”
The word “wait”
in the Hebrew means to “wait upon the Lord with expectancy and trust, putting our hope
and confidence in Him.”
When our text
says to “renew”… the Hebrew word means “to change, to alter and revive” In
other words it means to “flourish again.”
I was reading
the newspaper the other morning and noticed in the obituary section that many
of the deceased had two pictures posted. At first I wondered why that was
necessary, but then I realized after studying their pictures that most of their
older pictures did not resemble their younger pictures. Perhaps that is the
reason for two pictures, so their old friends who had not seen them for years
would recognized them.
A good example
of that is the feeling one gets when they go back to a class reunion after
twenty or thirty years. One seems to experience both joy and disappointment…joy
in seeing their old friends again, but disappointment because they do not look
like your old friends.
This happened to
me a short time ago when I went to a funeral and saw a friend that I had not
seen in over fifty years. He walked up to me and said, “Are you John Dean?” and
I said “Yes” so he told me who he was. This man happened to be one of my very
best friends in high school, but I did not recognize him.
He was not only
a tall blond curly headed basketball star, but he was also a jovial and fun
person to be with. In addition to all of that, he was quite a hit with the
girls and all the teachers loved him.
However, the day
we met at the funeral he was not only bald headed, but the onetime “life of the
party guy” seemed to have lost his joy forever. After I responded “Yes” to his
question, “Are you John Dean?”…he felt it necessary to say to me, “Well, I have
gained a lot of weight.”
His weight and
baldness did not bother me because we all change on the outside. The thing that
bothered me was that life had changed him on the inside. My friend needed
I must admit as
I read the obituary that morning and studied both the younger and older
pictures of the deceased I had several questions. I wondered things like…Did
they grow old gracefully and were they respected by their kids, their friends
and relatives? Was their life more difficult than it should have been?
question I had was, “How often did they ‘wait upon the Lord to renew their
My prayer is
that one day when people read my obituary they will be able to see in my face
that I was a man who “waited upon the Lord” and walked in renewed strength.