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BRAIDING

HELEN SANDERS
3-5-2020
BRAIDING


Isaiah 40:31 says: “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 word wait (Heb. qavah) means to bind together by twisting, or gathering together. It also means patiently.

Another place this word is used is In Psalm 40:1 written by King David. It says “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” It is interesting that here the word waited, and the word patiently are identical in their definitions. It would indicate how important that this is. David waited patiently for God to hear his prayer. Now, we know that God hears us the minute we pray, but He allows a time period to lapse to increase our faith. During that time, we are to gather ourselves to him, and twist (braid) ourselves into Him. In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says: “and if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

When I think of a threefold cord, I think of a braid. When you braid hair it is much stronger than the strands alone. Just like a braid brings strength to hair, it also brings strength to us when we are braided into God. When we are bound together with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, nothing can pull us apart. Only when we are in that position of being bound together do we: 1) renew our strength, 2) mount up as eagles, 3) run and will not be weary, and 4) walk and not faint. It takes faith and patience to inherit all promises, so as we “wait” (braid ourselves to God) we grow closer to Him, and become stronger than ever!