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.
“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:20)
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:7-9)
“Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defense.” (Psalm 59:9)
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” (Psalm 62:1-2)
It is God’s intent to protect His children. Do we as believers understand this? Waiting on the Lord allows us to think about all God does for us. Wickedness pervades our society and Satan’s goal is to get Believers so caught up in it we lose our effectiveness and testimony for Christ.
One way God protects us is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will try and direct us to righteousness as opposed to evil. God’s word, the Bible, gives us clear direction on what is right and what is wrong. However, we must read it and obey it, if we want God’s protection.
Wait on the Lord. He will protect you.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001