Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait. And in His word do I hope.”
Waiting, ugh, waiting is hard! I get frustrated waiting in the check-out line, and that is usually only a few extra minutes. It is even more difficult to wait for the Lord to respond to my prayers, especially when the time of waiting moves from months to years.
Yet, I know that going ahead, reaching for the prize before it is mine, is dangerous and has the potential to cause more trouble. Only the Lord’s way will really bring full satisfaction to my heart and glory to His name.
There are times when you are even wanting to move ahead in doing something good, and are wanting to do it now, even in those circumstances it is important to wait. The Lord has a reason for His timing in all things. If we move ahead of Him, it may take away a lesson He has to teach, or it may mean us losing out on His best for us.
Waiting is a big part of surrender. Surrender is a part of daily life. Sometimes we are asked to surrender our time to help another instead of doing what we had planned, or maybe we are asked to surrender a desire to get something we want when there is a greater need elsewhere. When we choose to surrender to what the Lord asks, we are saying, ‘I am Your’s Lord, all of me, I am willing to sacrifice anything for Your will. I am willing to wait for Your best for me.’ When we wait we are saying ‘I will sacrifice my time, my desire, my dreams as I wait for You to act.’
Here are a few Bible verses that describe how we should wait on the Lord. When we are left to wait on the Lord to work on our behalf or for an answer to a prayer, we can use these verses to remember how to wait.
Psalm 62:5 NLT “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.”
Usually, when we are waiting our eyes are fully focused on what we want, this verse reminds us to focus on the Giver. The psalmist David tells us we are to wait quietly, not murmurring and complaining. He wants his whole being to be quiet and wait in perfect trust. He waits quietly because he has placed his hope in the Lord. David knows that he has gone through difficult times before, and the Lord came through, so he feeds on the faithfulness of God, trusting in God Who has proved Himself to be trustworthy. Be quiet before the Lord as you wait, remember Who you have placed your hope in.
Psalm 37:7 ESV “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him, fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices.”
There are other times, that as we wait, we are comparing ourselves to what others, what they have, or what they are getting undeservedly and we fret. David tells us again to be still, but to also wait patiently. Stop looking around getting all upset about what you feel you are missing out on. God knows exactly what you need and when it will be the perfect time for you to receive it. Remember you are in God’s presence and He is in control, He knows what is best for you. He will not fail you.
Micah 7:7 AMP “But as for me, I will look expectantly for the LORD and with confidence in Him, I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.”
Micah says that he will wait expectantly. We wait anticipating what is about to take place. We look for it because we know Who we are asking. We wait knowing that God is a good Father, He will give us good gifts. So, we look to God with expectation and confidence, knowing that He hears us and He will answer in His perfect timing. Don’t take your eyes off of the Lord, look expectantly to Him.
Our hope is in God and in the truth of His Word. We wait quietly, we wait patiently, we wait expectantly, because God is good, because He is faithful. Waiting is not easy, but remembering Who God is can be helpful. We need to keep our eyes on Him. Look to His Word, to His promises, and all the while remember His unchanging love.