"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."

Isaiah 40:31

This Scripture teaches us the key to living in freedom. It instructs us to wait on the Lord and to not be anxious. “Waiting” is not a word people want to hear when we live in a society that promotes getting everything instantly. However, when we wait (patient), the benefit for us is a fresh and renewed strength. Waiting on the Lord acknowledges our surrender to Him. “Surrender” means we are not going to take matters into our own hands. In other words, “I’m going to do it God’s way instead of my own way.”

When we rely on God’s strength, we can then fly and soar like an eagle, which is a type and shadow of being FREE. We can run and not be weary, and walk and not faint, means He gives us endurance. We won’t have the fear of failing. There is FREEDOM in SURRENDER. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not FEAR for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Recently, God spoke to my heart to participate in the Honolulu Marathon. In my own thoughts, I already knew that it was something I could not do. I had never run a race before, and in case you didn’t know, a marathon is 26.2 miles. Through a lot of prayer and seeking God, it all came down to my obedience and surrender. At the 16-mile marker, I had come to a decision, “I’M DONE; IT’S TIME TO QUIT.” I literally called my wife to let her know. She said, “Malcolm, remember Pastors Art and Kuna said its SPIRITUAL.” My reply was “NO, ITS PHYSICAL!” It was at this point that I had to decide...either I would surrender and trust in God or trust in myself. I CHOSE GOD. And in doing so, I finished the race, got my medal and t-shirt. But the greatest reward was that His Word came alive in me. (Malcolm Quartero)

"Lord, today I DECIDE to surrender to Your Word. I DECIDE to trust you. I CHOOSE to reign in freedom."


    • Old Testament: Isaiah 31-33; Proverbs 24:1-22
    • New Testament: Luke 22:54-62; Hebrews 7:11-28