“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits on Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)
I will be the very first to admit that I have not always been the best example of ‘waiting’ … at a doctor’s office, in the fast-food line, at the checkout in a grocery store when someone is going through all their coupons or the lines at the Post Office.
I have yet to learn how to be patient in ‘waiting’ in hopes I could resume playing even just a little golf … to feel the clubs in my hands, the grass under my feet, the smell of the course itself, and the exhilaration that comes with hitting a good shot or making the putt.
But I must admit my impatience at “waiting on the Lord” in hopes of experiencing better days, finding greater strength, and in some way, the opportunity to do what I love to do the most … teach and preach from God’s great and precious inspired and revealed word!
The Hebrew word Isaiah uses for wait is Qavah. It means “to wait, look for, hope, expect.” Patient and confident trust in the Lord is the central idea of the appeal to “wait on the Lord.” This kind of dynamic trust dispels fear and despair.
Those who do not know the Lord will not wait on Him; neither will those who fail to trust Him. We must be confident of who God is and what He is capable of doing.
Those who wait on the Lord do not lose heart in their prayers. Does this describe you?
We must ask and expect all things to be done according to His will. And while we wait, give less thought to what is not happening … in order to grow closer to the Lord.
We are generally visual people and perhaps what we need to do is write down a particular passage of Scripture that in fact meets a challenge or answer we are waiting on from the Lord. And if we find ourselves drifting back to worry rather than faith and trust … take the card out and read it or turn in the Book to that particular passage.
Maybe, we need to keep a reminder list in the front or back of our Bible … the point is to be deliberate in your efforts to dwell more on the spiritual and less on the physical.
Isaiah welcomes us to see ourselves as dependent creatures, designed to rely upon something unseen, something greater than ourselves. It is not a weakness of the eagle that he is so dependent upon the power of the air. Rather, this dependence is his greatest strength. (Isaiah 40:31)
The beloved apostle Peter, who knew firsthand what grief, sorrow, and disappointment all were about wrote inspired words to offer encouragement and confidence in the Lord and the benefits of doing so.
Read his words recorded in 2 Peter 1:3,4 “… as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him, who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises …”
Regardless or your situation or circumstance, let your concerns about it direct your attention upward … to your heavenly Father, who cares for you so deeply and who assures us in no uncertain terms “… that He will never leave or forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5)
As you find yourself needing to lean upon the Lord, even more, learn to do so with absolute trust. (Isaiah 26:3)
As you call upon the Lord for help, deliverance, and healing, do so boldly and confidently. (Hebrews 4:16)
As you find yourself growing impatient … then ask our Lord to help you wait on Him quietly … never doubting His presence or love! (Psalm 27:14)
And as you increase your dependence upon the Lord to provide your every need … do so without reservation! (2 Corinthians 9:8)
And my brother or sister in Christ, when the cares, heartaches, and the disappointments loom large, “Give all your worries and cares to God …” (1 Peter 5:7) … and don’t even try to take them back!
With every significant decision that needs to be made, seek His wisdom … pursue His approval … please Him implicitly! (Proverbs 3:5-7)
As you are waiting on God, let the burdens of life lift you up to set your mind on things above. When you are powerless to find resolution, turn to the Almighty One. (Colossians 3:2)
And remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:18, “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Bill Fairchild, Jr.