How much time do you spend waiting on the Lord? I feel like that’s all I ever do to be honest. However when I start to think about it, how often do I really wait on the Lord? Not too often. At the very least I’d confess not nearly enough.
In a world where time is money, time is precious, time is fleeting, etc., how much time do we deem that God deserves before we put the yoke back on our own shoulders? Life can get busy, and there’s all kinds of things to keep us occupied, physically and mentally. There’s no shortage of reasons why we shouldn’t or can’t wait on God for something, and over the years I’m sure I’ve used them all and even been able to make some new excuses up.
So Why Wait on the Lord?
Why? Let me draw on my own stupidity to explain it the best way I’ve learned it by way of graduating from the School of Hard Knox.
- When you find yourself in a situation where you are shaking your fist at God and screaming why me, chances are you didn’t wait on the Lord.
- When you are wondering how things could be so messed up, chances are you didn’t wait on the Lord.
- If you wind up way over your head in trouble, chances are, you didn’t wait on the Lord.
Now I know for a fact that the Lord allows us to go through things that we’d want nothing to do with. Those kinds of things are what he uses to build us up in one way or the other, maybe to break us out of a comfort bubble. That’s not what I’m talking about. Or, maybe many of those things may not have happened in the first place if we waited on the Lord. Don’t know, I guess it depends what it is.
First big reason we should wait on the Lord is because he tells us to do so quite blatantly three times.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 37:34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.
Please notice that nothing bad happens in any one of those three verses to those who wait on the Lord. In fact, it also does not say to stress out when your answer to what you’re waiting on doesn’t come exactly when you want it to. Actually it says that while waiting you should be courageous, strong in heart, and KEEP HIS WAY!
One of the pieces of scripture that hit me the hardest concerning this is this situation in John chapter 8:
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
I’ve heard all kinds of speculation concerning what was going on here where I highlighted. What was he writing? What was he doing? Why did he scribble in the ground? Mostly people focus on what he could have been writing instead of putting it together. Well… I inquired over this quite a bit for awhile till the Holy Spirit pointed out to me what it was he was doing.
The following explains what was going on there:
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Jesus was simply waiting on God for instruction for the exact words the Father wanted him to use to handle the situation. The results speak for themselves. Then after saying what the Father told him to say, he sat back down awaiting more instruction in the event there was more coming. It’s really that simple. He did nothing of himself, but did what the Father told him to do, and said what the Father told him to say. In other words, he waited on the Lord.
It kind of makes me think how many times I could have done something similar to that instead of flying off at the mouth. I was really good at instant responses for most of my life, but that doesn’t mean that the instant responses were ever really good. Fortunately the Bible contains the cure for foot in mouth disease. Glory to God!
How do we Wait on the Lord and for What?
How I would suggest, is to petition the Lord concerning the matter at hand, and wait. There you go. Pretty cut and dry. lol. Well don’t forget to stay strong in your faith that your Father hears you, cares about what you’re concerned enough about to bring before him. Like stated above… Be courageous, stay strong in heart, and keep his ways.
I’d suppose that it is most important to get to know what His ways are in the first place. If you don’t have an inkling of what his ways are, then how are you going to know what the Lord is willing to help you out with?
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
I guess it would be safe to say that according to that verse, if what you’re waiting on falls into that category, don’t bother waiting on the Lord because you will be waiting for a really long time. Find out his ways and keep them. Dig into God’s Word and treat it like a meal, because spiritually it is a meal. Consume the Word and digest it slowly.
And in the event you are waiting on the Lord for anything, never forget that it is far more important that God’s will be done on the earth and in our lives, as it is done in Heaven. Just as Jesus did in the Garden. I do it as often as I can remember to. Nevertheless Lord, let your will be done. His will is far better for us that our own will.
Be patient. It takes patience to eat the meal that the Lord has prepared for you at the table he set up in the midst of your enemies. Think about that scenario for awhile after reading Psalms 23 and let it sink in. And another thought. Try asking God yourself, it wouldn’t hurt. Hey Lord, how would you like for me to wait on this? He’s your Father, learn from Him.
Thank you and may you stay strong and courageous waiting on the Lord and keeping his ways!