Waiting on the Lord

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What does it mean to “wait on the Lord?”

Sitting in a waiting room where time seemingly stands still, it feels like hours have passed as you wait only to look at your watch to see that a few minutes have passed. Time seems to be standing still.

One of the important exhortations of the Bible is the call to “wait on the Lord.” Even though God promises special blessing for waiting, waiting is one of the most difficult exhortations of Scripture. Why is it so hard? Because, as a part of fallen humanity, we are so prone to take matters into our own hands, to follow our own schemes. Yet, over and over again we are told in Scripture “wait on the Lord.”

Do to our our “I want it now!” society, our society has grown accustomed to immediate gratification. Due to modern technology and all our conveniences—telephones, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, fast foods, airplanes, etc.—we have many things immediately at our fingertips.

When you think of waiting what do you think of? Airport terminals, doctor offices, dental offices, rush hour traffic, grocery line. When in fact we are all waiting on something most of the time:

for a baby to arrive
for that new job to come to be
to get out of the job you dont like anymore
for a new house/car
for Mr or Mrs right
for those pounds to fall off

Even though we dont like waiting our daily walk is full of waiting. There are a number of important questions that need to be answered and understood in light of the principles and promises of Scripture that we should ask ourselves when waiting on the Lord.


Without these answers we are running around making decisions that will forever change us. We become fearful, frustrated, anxious or even angry which clouds are judgment. However, because the Lord tells us to wait, and since it has some wonderful benefits, we need to know what it means to wait and how that is to be done.

Some key questions we might ask are:

  • What does it mean to wait? What’s involved?
  • How are we to wait?
  • Who and what are we waiting for?
  • Why should we wait?
  • How long do we wait?

Waiting involves seeking the Lord
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.”

Here are the key factors in waiting on the Lord:

Waiting Necessitates the Passage of Time

Waiting on the Lord inevitably means enduring the passage of time, but it means more, much more.

Waiting Involves an Expectation Based on Knowledge and Trust
Without knowledge and trust, we simply won’t wait—at least not without a great deal of anxiety—and usually not without taking matters into our own hands.

Waiting Involves Negatives and Positives

When we think of waiting, we might envision just sitting back, not doing much of anything, just waiting for something to happen. But that is not the kind of waiting the Bible is calling for. Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of waiting is learning to hold the negatives and the positives in proper balance.

Waiting Involves Seeking the Lord

Waiting always means seeking the Lord. When we enter God’s waiting room we are not to just sit as one might in the doctor’s chair. Rather, we need to spend time seeking Him. This means:

  • Time in the Word studying, seeking answers, and claiming God’s promises;
  • Time in prayer praying about the issues, praying for wisdom and discernment;
  • Time meditating on who God is, what He is wanting to do in us and through us, and on what we need to do by way of answers and direction. Included in this might be our need to examine and evaluate our motives and attitudes, our values and priorities, and our goals and objectives in life.

Waiting Involves Taking Action at the Right Time
Waiting on the Lord is like that. God is in the business of growing a spiritual harvest in our lives, but this takes time and our cooperation in doing the right things at the right time.

Waiting Involves Resting in God’s Timing

Waiting means resting in God’s timing and activity while taking care of our responsibilities—the things we can do and should do as set forth in the Word of God.

Waiting Means Trusting in God and His Goodness

The opposite of waiting and resting by faith is turning to our solutions of self-protection because of anger, fear, and jealousy. Out of fear of failure or loss, we may compromise our convictions or what we know is right. But fear, which has displaced faith in the Lord, causes us to lean on the arm of the flesh.

Waiting Involves Taking the Right Action

As we rest in God’s timing, goodness, and eternal purposes, taking the right actions includes avoiding the negatives

Waiting Involves Learning to be Content with God’s Provision and Timing

To wait on the Lord means to be content and patient because we are clinging to God and resting in His love and wisdom. This element of waiting, however, is the most difficult aspect of all.

I don’t know what you may be going through at the moment, but whatever it is the challenge of Scripture is to wait on the Lord because, unlike temporal man and the fleeting world in which we live, the sovereign Lord of the universe loves us with a steadfast love and personally cares for us like a father.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and link with us for Thankful Thursday! Be blessed!

Info came from a great article called waiting on the Lord by By: J Hamptob Keathley III. To read more click here.

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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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