In Isaiah 40:31 the word wait entails confident expectation and active hope in the Lord – never a passive resignation. The dictionary gives several definitions of wait. Two of them are: (1) Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. (2) To act as a waiter or waitress.
Isaiah 40:31 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.”
We could say:
Those that minister to the Lord…
Shall renew their strength.
Shall mount up with wings as eagles.
Shall run, and not be weary.
Shall walk, and not faint.
Ministering to God can sort of be compared to being a waiter or waitress. Their only mission is to serve.
A good waiter or waitress will:
Make you feel welcome.
Anticipate your needs – you don’t have to keep asking for things.
Have an attention to details.
Be a good listener – pays attention when others are talking.
Not try to sell you something right off the bat.
Not be afraid to approach your table
Be friendly and warm – caring and pleasant.
Always offer a warm greeting.
Listen for the answer when they ask a question.
Not have a personal conversation with another server within earshot of customers.
Never reeks from perfume or cigarettes.
Not turn on the charm when it’s tip time.
Not make you wait or beg for a condiment.
Not stand behind you when you are ordering. They make eye contact.
Not let your glass go empty.
Not act like they are in a hurry.
When we minister to the Lord …
we should make Him feel welcome.
we should anticipate His needs – Don’t make God have to keep asking for things.
we should pay attention to details.
we should be attentive. Don’t try to minister to God with your mind a thousand miles away.
we should be a good listener – pays attention when God is talking.
we should not ask Him for things right off the bat – wait until He asks us what we have need of.
we should not be afraid to approach Him.
we should be friendly and warm – caring and pleasant.
we should always offer a warm greeting.
we should listen for Him to answer when we ask a question.
we should not have personal conversations with others while we are ministering to Him.
we should never reek from things that are a stench to Him.
we should not turn on the charm when we want or need something from Him.
we should not make Him wait for anything or His needs go unmet.
we should make eye contact – Look into His face. Get personal with Him.
we should not be in a hurry.