Waiting on the Lord may be one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life. When Jesus promised that He would return, He instructed His followers to wait. That is easier said than done. So what do we do in the meantime? Whist do we do while we wait? What do we do until Jesus’s return.
1. Waiting on the Lord requires patient trust.
- Waiting means that we give God the benefit of the doubt that He knows what He is doing.
- Waiting in God’s way of seeing if we will trust Him before we move forward,
2. Waiting on God reminds us that God is in control.
- Waiting reminds us that we’re not in charge.
- Waiting reminds us that we are not God.
3. Waiting on the Lord allows God to do His work.
- Gods timing is best.
- God is working.
4. Waiting on God increases our strength.
No one likes to wait. But we wait in traffic, at the grocery store, at the doctors office, for our spouse, for a baby, for retirement, and for Jesus’s return.
Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we’re waiting for. Waiting, biblical waiting, is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow us to escape our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It is not a way to evade unpleasant reality,
Those who wait are those who work, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest because he has done his work of sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on God can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and conclusions to their lives and the harvest to their toil. Waiting is the confident, disciplined, expectant, active, and sometimes painful clinging to God. It know that we will reap a reward.
When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem, He was telling them that this was a means of experiencing His peace, His prosperity, and His power. In waiting they would catch the wind of God’s Spirit. In waiting they would see God move,
Waiting on the Lord requires patient trust
We live by the saying: Don’t just stand there, do something. While God often says to us: Don’t just to something, stand there.
- Waiting means we give God the benefit of the doubt that He knows what He’s doing.
- Waiting is God’s way of seeing if we will trust Him before we move forward.
That trust is a patient trust. Whether it has to do with our relationships, our finances, our careers, our dreams, or our churches. We have to trust that God knows what He’s doing.
Waiting on God reminds us God is in Control
Sometimes people ask, “But what do I do while I’m waiting?” Good question. During those waiting times take on the active role of a watchman. “ I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,” declared David, “I wait for Yahweh; I wait and put my hope in His word. I wait for the Lord more than a watchman for the morning – more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalms 130:5-6). In biblical times, watchmen vigilantly guarded the city. They watched for enemies who might attack at night, and they waited for the sun to rise. They were alert and obedient, ready to respond when needed. When called upon, they sprang into action. But on the other hand, watchmen didn’t make things happen. They didn’t control the rising sun. They couldn’t speed up the process of the dawning of a new day. A watchman knew the difference between his job and God’s job,
Waiting reminds us that we are not in charge
We are the patient. We’re in the waiting room. In the real issues of life, we are waiting on God, therefore, we can trust His wisdom and His timing. I’ve heard it said that the person who waits on God loses no time. We can wait with confidence. Because we’re waiting for someone, ad that someone is God.
Waiting reminds us that we are not God
As humans, we want to fix things, we want to fix our problems, our relationships, our conflicts, our career, fix the world, and sometimes even our churches. Fixing and controlling situations are people is like trying to expedite the rising of the sun. From time to time we have to be reminded that we are not God (Aren’t you glad?). Our job is to be a watchman. We need to have a watch and attitude: a confident and alert expectation that God will do what He said He will do,
Waiting on the Lord allows God to do His work
Not only do we want to do God’s work, but we also want to speed up the process. We see how much we could do and should be doing, we see all the unmet needs, the people that hurt. We drive through our neighborhoods and are bombarded at the thought of how many people are spending eternity without God. We want to reach those people right now, but God is in control. We may ask God, “Why not now? Why not bring it to pass today?”
God’s timing is best
In the Old Testament book of Habakkuk, the prophet was asking similar questions.
“I will stand Guard post and shaking myself on the outlook shower. I will watch to see what he will say to me and what I hit reply about my complaint. The Lord answered me: write Down this vision clearly inscribe it on the tablet so you may easily read it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time it testified about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.Habakkuk 2:1-3
God is working
During those times, we wait patiently on the Lord. We know that deep down He is working while it may be hidden deep in our character. In due time, God will reveal everything He’s grown in us. Those who wait will never be put to shame. We will never be disappointed.
Waiting on God increases our strength
Sometimes we struggle to remember that it is good to wait on the Lord. It isn’t easy. It goes against our grain of our quickfix society. But, there is a hidden benefit and waiting. And kind of waiting our souls revived and our spirits renewed. Isaiah wrote, “But, those who trust in the Lord they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint” Isaiah 40;31).
Time will come when those who wait on the Lord will soar.
You and I and the church will catch a gust of the Spirit. It will be this gust of the Spirit That the disciples in Jerusalem were instructed to wait on. It is the same gust of the Spirit what we need to wait on. And when it comes, hold on, because we will be soaring.
God is the great mover. We are to push, to work, and if we wait in patient trust, remembering that God is in control doing Him work increasing our strength, we will experience the move of God on our lives and in the church..