Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 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.

The weary mother followed her energetic son into the old general store. The weathered proprietor smiled at the young lad, and taking a jar of penny candy from the shelf, held it out to the boy.

“Here you go, sonny. Grab a handful,” he graciously offered. With wide eyes, the boy stared at the jar for what seemed like several minutes, until finally the proprietor reached into the jar, and deposited a large handful of candy into the cupped hands of the young boy.

Once outside the store, the boy’s mother asked why he hadn’t taken any candy. “Mother, I was waiting for him. His hands are bigger than mine.”

While this smart boy had an ulterior motive, there is some wisdom behind his thinking. He knew that what the storekeeper could give him far outweighed what he could grab on his own. That same wisdom should come into play when it comes to waiting on the Lord. All too often, He asks us to wait on Him, but we run ahead and try to do things in our own time or our own wisdom. If we would only wait on the Lord, we would find that His hand is much bigger than ours, and His provision brings no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22).

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.