ENTANGLED IN UNION WITH THE LORD – Ray E Horton
We are “entangled,” or intertwined in our union with the Lord, which is one way we are strengthened. It is one rendering of the Hebrew for “wait for the Lord,” as read in Isaiah 40:31:
“But those who 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.”
To Bind Together
This entanglement with the Holy Spirit within isn’t passive as “wait” would imply, it is actively engaging with the Lord within
I looked it up in Strong’s Concordance and found that the word “wait” here in the Hebrew is “qavah” (H6960) meaning, “to bind together.” קָוָה , a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon). To bind together by twisting would be to intertwine or entangle.
This entanglement with the Holy Spirit within isn’t passive as “wait” would imply, it is actively engaging with the Lord within. So those who are bound together with the Lord will renew their strength, a supernatural strength that does not run out. The knowledge that we are in spiritual union with our God allows us to “mount up with wings as eagles,” to run [our race] and not be weary,” and “walk [or Christian walk] and not faint [or give up].”
Another source of strength we read of in scripture is the joy of the Lord. “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,” (Acts 2:28 quoting Psalm 16:11). Where will I be filled with the Lord’s joy? In His presence – and “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). So, my strength comes from the joy of being in God’s presence.
Aware of His Presence by Knowing
We Are Entangled with God
Let us tie these two sources of strength together. How do we become aware of His presence but by being aware of our union with God, our entanglement spirit to Spirit? Knowing we dwell in Him and He in us.
“And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead” (Romans 7:4 NLT).
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing“(John 15:4-5).
Where do we draw on the “power of His might”? From within, where He is
Then, we read concerning putting on “the full armor of God” to “… be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). Where do we draw on the “power of His might”? From within, where He “… has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…” (2 Peter 1:3).
So, to be strong in the Lord and to renew our strength, it all boils down to knowledge: the experiential knowing of our unity with the Spirit of God, who we are in Christ, and being aware of His presence to draw on the resources within.
Many of God’s people are confused, running here and there, and following every wind of doctrine, for “My people run unrestrained for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6). More than head knowledge, it is something we know intimately in our hearts by spending time with Jesus in prayer.