“I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it.” – Samuel Rutherford
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14
Waiting prepares us for God’s miracles. Waiting prepares us for our calling. Waiting transforms our character. But more than anything else, waiting brings us closer to the heart of God.
The Bible is very direct, clear and specific. In waiting, we are to wait patiently FOR THE LORD. We don’t just wait for our problems to be solved, for our dreams to come true, for healing and restoration in our relationships, we don’t just wait for God to grant us the desires of our hearts, we don’t just wait for God’s great gifts, BUT WE ACTUALLY WAIT for the GIVER Himself!
Waiting FOR THE LORD is the most crucial step in experiencing God’s power and blessing.
Before David declared WAIT FOR THE LORD, BE BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS, He first declared:
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
For King David, he already made his resolve:
More than the gift, he wanted the Giver.
More than the answers to his prayers, he wanted the One who answers his prayers.
More than his desires, God is his one desire!
When the waiting is focused on WHEN the solutions to our problems will come, or on WHOM God will send as our lifetime partner, or HOW God will make our dreams come true, or WHAT miracles God will do, the waiting becomes a joyless, frustrating and painful journey.
But when we allow the waiting to be a journey that will teach our hearts to desire God more than anything else, a time to let our hearts learn that God alone satisfies, and that God is more than enough, then with that, we are now ready for God’s gifts, God’s blessings, God’s answers and God’s power, for they will no longer compete with our love and devotion to God!
The story of Joni Eareckson Tada is an excellent example on what it means to continually wait for the Lord, it’s an illustration of what it means to be brave and courageous in the waiting. For more than 40 years, she sat on her wheelchair, waiting for God’s strength, for God’s grace, for God’s help moment by moment. But God is not yet finished with her. She was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Another journey to wait for God’s healing, for God’s strength and grace, another journey to WAIT FOR GOD. And because she has learned what it means to WAIT FOR THE LORD, today, she’s still waiting with an overflowing joy, an unstoppable gratitude, and an audacious hope.
Hold on to God’s promise as you learn to WAIT FOR THE LORD:
Isaiah 40:29-31 29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.