Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Ps. 27:14)
My Bible has a note that says wait in faith; “In the midst of present trouble, do not give up; give God time to answer.”
Waiting is a spiritual discipline. We pray, we lay out our requests, we ask for deliverance, and then we wait. And wait. And wait. To wait means to stay put, to look forward with a definite end or purpose in mind. We keep it in the forefront of our mind. We don’t forget and we don’t change the subject.
Waiting is not something that the flesh does easily. We want to see it now. We want quick answers and instant results so we can move on. But the Scripture is full of verses about waiting. And waiting some more.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7).
“And I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him” (Isaiah 8:17).
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Matthew Henry says, “They shall press forward, forward towards heaven. They shall walk, they shall run, the way of God’s commandments, cheerfully and with alacrity (they shall not be weary), constantly and with perseverance (they shall not faint); and therefore in due season they shall reap.”
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry” (Ps. 40:1).
“It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam. 3:26).
Just from these few verses we can see that we must rest as we wait, hope while we wait, be quiet while we wait, and wait patiently. How many of us are good at waiting? How many of us wait quietly, patiently, and hopefully? Or are we tapping our foot, watching the clock (or the calendar), and grumbling about how long this is taking?
Waiting on the Lord bears good fruit in us. Waiting results in renewal and fresh strength. Faithful waiting is watching expectantly, looking for the Lord to come with His answer any minute. Faithful watching keeps on waiting, knowing that the waiting on the Lord is a good thing in itself. And waiting for the Lord is a means of getting His attention.
“I’m still here Lord. I’m still asking, watching, waiting patiently for You to act.”
When we start to give up waiting, our hearts get hard. We become weak and weary. But the act of waiting in faith strengthens our faith. Then we can say with confidence, “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7).