The word “wait” is defined as, “stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens, or used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen.
We do not like to wait. We live in a world of fast food, immediate news, and everything at our fingertips. No waiting.
Then, “Waiting on the Lord” is counter intuitive to the way we live life. The problem for believers in Christ is that the Bible tells us to wait.
We are to wait for our salvation, strength, answered prayers, protection, and instruction.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:1-5)
When we wait patiently on the Lord, He hears our prayers, and answers them in His great wisdom. Here we see the Psalmist cried to the Lord. The Lord heard and answered by removing him from the horrible pit, giving him a new song, and establishing his ways.
That is what we want God to do for us. However, we are not willing to wait patiently. We are accustomed to getting everything immediately and are not willing to wait. God does not work on our time schedule.
What God does do is hear our prayers, answer His way and in His timing, and has always given the correct answer.
Wait patiently on the Lord.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001