"Waiting on the Lord"

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By: Emily Watkins

Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” (NASB)

Everyone knows what it feels like to wait – waiting for your sister to get out of the bathroom, waiting in a long line at the drive thru, waiting for your younger brother to stop bugging you and, more seriously, waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life. Waiting is not the funnest thing in the world. In fact, it can be quiet tedious and difficult, especially when it doesn’t seem like it is ever going to end.

Waiting is very important, though. Just look in the Bible: Abraham, Moses, David, Simeon, Elijah, Mary, Jesus … Every one of these great leaders of faith had to wait a long time before they received the blessings God had promised them. Abraham waited most of his adulthood for Isaac; David lived in hiding for years before he was crowned king; even Jesus did not begin His ministry until He was thirty years old. As we can see, waiting is simply ingrained in God’s plan for His people.

Right now, I am in a season of waiting. Almost a year ago, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer, and ever since I have been faithfully praying and waiting on God for healing. When things look worse and worse, it is hard to patiently expect God’s powerful touch. Thankfully, I have already seen in my own health struggles that “those who hopefully wait on the Lord will not be put to shame” (Isaiah 49:23). Although my sickness, insomnia, was small in comparison to the mountain my family and I now face, I know that the Lord never changes. No illness is too big for Him to handle.

The Lord gives so many promises to those who choose the path of trustful waiting. He promises to:

• hear (Micah 7:7), bless (Isaiah 30:18), strengthen (Isaiah 40:31)
• encourage (Psalm 27:14), deliver (Proverbs 20:22), exalt (Psalm 37:34),
• give joy (Proverbs 20:22), victory (Psalm 37:34), and everything He has
promised (Hebrews 6:15) to those who patiently wait on Him.

When we choose the path of faithful, childlike trust, the Lord promises to do even more than this (Isaiah 64:4). For it is in the everyday hardships and tasks of life that the Lord draws us closer to Him and prepares us for His awesome purposes. It is in such seasons of waiting that the Lord wants to teach us the lessons of His unconditional love and our surrender to Him.

Waiting on God is not passive. It is a time of intensive preparation for the future. You might not be in a season of waiting just yet, but the time will come when Jesus will ask you to wait, lay all your worries aside, and simply trust in Him, just like He is asking me now. One day, the Lord might ask you to wait longer than you expected for Mr. Wonderful or for the fulfillment of His promises, but that is okay because He is always, always in control. And He is never too late; He is just on time.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your Holy Spirit who encourages and strengthens me in times of waiting. Help me to be a patient and obedient waiter even when it’s hard. Thank You, Father, so much for the blessings of friends and family especially in times of waiting. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Think About It:

Is there something in your life right now that the Lord is asking you to wait for?

What are some things that could help you as you wait on God’s timing?

Live It:

Begin to pray and ask God to show you how you can be a blessing to others in this season of waiting.

Ask God to give you faith to trust in Him no matter what.

Power Verses:

Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret…” (NASB)

Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (KJV)

© 2010 by Emily Watkins. All rights reserved.


Tell Us About It:

What’s something in your life that God is asking you to wait for?

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Anonymous Katie said...

Haha, well to be blunt God has told me to wait for a resolution in "my story"...so yeah :) It's hard to be patient.

Anonymous Kristen said...

Katie, it IS hard to be patient! I'll be praying for God to make you stronger as you wait. :-)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God wants me to wait for the right work place. It seems i worry a lot for the future of our family in terms of finances. It seems i am trying to look for many opportunities.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord i will wait for the right work place for me

Blogger Debra Weiss said...

Hi friend, it is hard not to worry about our financial future. But God is our Provider. He always provides for His children - maybe not in ways we expected but God does provide. We'll be in prayer for your situation.

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