Have you ever had someone tell you to just “wait on the Lord?”
14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
When I was younger, I never understood what the scripture “wait on the Lord” meant. According to Psalms 27:14, not only am I supposed to wait, but I’m also supposed to “be of good courage.” Another version says to be brave and courageous as you wait; another version says be patient. So, I’m supposed to wait, be encouraged that I am waiting; and then, it is in that place that He will strengthen my heart.
I can remember sitting before the Lord, like a kid, quietly for about two or three minutes “waiting on the Lord.” I didn’t hear anything in those few minutes, so on my way I went.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like waiting. I have become part of the instant society that we live in — instant technology, fast foods, all of it. So when the Lord tells me to wait, sometimes I have a hard time. I want to see something happen — and soon!
Have you ever taken a trip with small children? Does this sound familiar? Mom, are we there yet? Soon! We’ll be there soon, just wait. Mom, are we almost there? We’ll be there soon, just wait. And this is only 30 minutes into the trip.
Isn’t it like that with us? We tell the Lord, I’ve been praying about this for a week, and I don’t see any change. The Lord says, just wait. Lord, I’ve been waiting for this promotion at work for a year. The Lord says, just wait.
What happens during that waiting time? Sometimes, if we are not careful, we’ll try to make something happen on our own. Does that sound familiar? I don’t see anything happening and I’ve been praying now for a month — once a week — for a minute. I’ll just do it myself. It’s at this point where we get into trouble. I think some of my biggest mistakes in life were when I got ahead of the Lord because I didn’t want to wait. I made decisions so that I could move ahead, and all I did was make more of a mess. The time now needed to clean up my mess by the Lord was even longer because my pride was in the way. Can you relate to this?
In Genesis 17:4, the Lord told Abram that he would be the father of many nations. Sarai was barren and was getting older in age. It’s interesting that the Bible says that Abram believed the Lord and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15: 6) Yet Abram and Sarai took matters into their own hands. They had been waiting for ten years, and nothing had happened. They decided that Hagar would be the answer to their waiting.
When God tells us to wait, He means wait. He doesn’t need our help to fulfill His word. If it is His word, He will watch over that promise and perform it. Even when Abram and Sarai tried to get ahead of the Lord, God still fulfilled His promise to them. They had a son named Isaac, who shared in the legacy of his father, Abraham.
According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, wait means:
- Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.
I have watched over the past few years as some brave, courageous believers have made the commitment to wait on the Lord. God called many of them to different cities, states and for some — other countries. They didn’t have all of the answers to the logical questions you would ask. They didn’t have the finances; some didn’t even know where they would be living. They didn’t have all of the information they wanted to make these moves; but what they did have was a relationship with the Lord that told them to stand and wait when and where He had called them to go. I’ve watched as the decisions that many have made to wait, cost them. Their decision to be obedient to what God had called them to do caused others around them, Christians included, to question and sometimes persecute them for those decisions.
As I have watched that season pass for some, I have seen the fruit that it has produced in their lives while they were waiting. You see, the waiting season is a season of tremendous growth in the Lord, if you will allow it. I have been encouraged as I watched the faith of these individuals grow. I’ve seen increase in their gifts, perseverance, patience, love, strength, favor with others, and most of all – increase in their peace level. Their testimonies have stirred faith in me to stand and wait for the Lord in my life regardless of how I feel or what my circumstances look like.
If you’re in a season of waiting, don’t give up! Don’t be impatient and walk away! Don’t lose the ground that you’ve been standing on in these last few years. God’s promises to you are yes and amen! When He tells you He will do something, He will do it! Don’t allow impatience to steal the victory in your life that God has been storing up for you. If you will wait for the Lord to work on your behalf, you will see greater fruit than you could have ever expected.
II Peter 1:5–7 (NKJV) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
Here’s the beauty of it all: As you are waiting on the Lord, He is waiting for you, and here’s His promise to you as you wait.
Isaiah 30:18–19 (NKJV)
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.