ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THOSE WHO WAIT
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
(Psalm 130:5, 6 – NKJV)
There are many things I want to do, many that I have the ability to do, and many things God has told me I will do, however, my mandate from the Lord is to wait on Him and to prioritize prayer, time in His presence and time in the Word so I must wait.
Is there anyone else in a similar position?
Waiting on the Lord is costly in many ways and often misunderstood and judged by others, even fellow Christians, as complacency, laziness, apathy, indifference, and even foolishness.
But what those who take that stance don’t realize is that:
It is in waiting on the Lord that you gain an understanding of His Word.
It is in waiting on the Lord that we get to learn His ways
It is in waiting on the Lord that our spirit is strengthened
It is in waiting on the Lord that our flesh is mortified
It is in waiting on the Lord that the true motives of our hearts are revealed and where necessary, purified.
It is in the waiting on the Lord that we better understand His Word
It is in waiting on the Lord that we receive rhema words from Him.
It is in waiting on the Lord that His will for our lives is clarified and plans and strategies revealed.
It is in waiting on the Lord that we recognize our total and utter dependence on Him
It is in waiting on the Lord that He gives us spiritual sustenance
It is in waiting on the Lord that our character is built
It is in waiting on the Lord that discipline is fostered
It is in waiting on the Lord that hope is kept alive.
It is in waiting on the Lord that we are filled with His power
It is in waiting on the Lord that we receive His direction
It is in waiting on the Lord that we grow in our trust in Him
It is in waiting that our prayer life increases.
It is in waiting on the Lord that we are prepared to be effective Believers in this world, advancing the Kingdom of God and demonstrating His glory in all facets of our lives.
Waiting on the Lord is not an idle, passive position.
Yes there are times of isolation in prayer, His presence and the Word, but more often than not, it is going about our daily responsibilities yet maintaining a position of inner-silence that He may speak, a position of expecting things from Him, a position of dependency on Him, and a position of alertness and readiness for obedience to any instruction He may give. It is a position of a soldier ready for battle and of a servant ready for service.
Just as it was the Father’s will for Jesus to have a lifestyle of waiting on Him, it is the Father’s will for us to have a lifestyle of waiting on the Lord.
Sometimes waiting on the Lord is difficult, but for those who are willing to “tough it out”, what is gained in and as a result of the process of waiting will be so, so worth it.
If God has given you a vision or taste of what is to come in your life, whether it pertains to the manifestation of a scriptural promise, salvation of loved ones, healing, marriage, family, kids, career, ministry, business, or whatever, be encouraged to wait on Him.
I will close with some words from a popular gospel song by Darwin Hobbs and Voices of Unity.
“God is able to do just what He said He will do,
He’s gonna fulfill every promise to you,
Don’t give up on God, cause He won’t give up on you,