We wait on the Lord to act on our behalf.
We wait on the Lord to deliver, to save, to avenge, to answer our prayers, to provide for our needs, to renew our strength, to reveal His glory, to do what only God can do.
God users waiting to develop our character and build us into vessels of honor.
Waiting on God is good for us.
If God acted immediately every time we cried to Him, we would be in control and not God.
Wait causes us to learn to trust Him, to trust His timing.
The Lord has been waiting for you Long before you started waiting for Him.
Isaiah 30;18. Therefore the Lord will wait, … Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
InPsalm 40;1-3 we see what waiting produces,
1. Waiting reveals our true motives
2. Waiting builds patience in our lives
3. Waiting builds anticipation
4. Waiting transforms our character
5. Waiting builds intimacy and dependency upon God
GOD’S CONCEPT OF TIME IS NOTHING LIKE OURS
God is Alpha and Omega.
God is in your past, in your present and already waiting for you in your future.
God is waiting in your future for you to arrive.
Waiting is something that is only possible within time.
God, the Creator of time, is not limited by time.
When we are waiting on God to act, He has already acted.
2 Peter 3;8-9 “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you”
WAITING NECESSITATES 2 KEY ELEMENTS.
- Complete dependence on God.
- Willingness to allow God to decide the terms and the timing for waiting.
There are 4 WAYS TO WAIT.
- IN FAITH. Proverbs 3;5,6. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart…’
- AGGRESSIVELY. Exodus 33;16. ‘I will not leave this place until you touch me.’
- PATIENTLY. Isaiah 30;18. ‘…those who wait patiently for Him are blessed.’
- DEPENDENTLY. Proverbs 20;22 ‘wait on the Lord, and he will rescue you.’
GOD USES OUR WAITING TO REVEAL HIS GLORY
John 11 tells the story of Lazarus, a friend of Jesus. Lazarus got very sick, and his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus. Instead of hurrying to help, Jesus delayed his arrival on purpose. Lazarus died and was in the grave four days before Jesus arrived. This was intentional. Jesus’ plan was to raise Lazarus from the dead revealing His glory as the Resurrection and the Life and showing te He is the Alpha and Omega.
O.T. WAITING IN HEBREW
- Qavah means to bind together (perhaps by twisting strands as in making a rope), look patiently, tarry or wait, hope, expect and look eagerly.
- Yachal means to hope, wait expectantly and trust.
- Damam means to tarry and rest.
- Chakah means to long for.
N.T. WAITING IN GREEK
- Prosdechomai means to expect, look for, wait for.
- Apekdechomai, means to receive, accept, to await, expect eagerly.
- Anameno means to await one whose coming is expected.
WAITING INVOLVES 3 THINGS
Lam. 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
Ecc. 3;2 There is a time to plow, a time to sow, and a time to reap, but they are never done all together or at the same time.
- Time in the Word; studying, seeking answers, and claiming God’s promises.
- Time in prayer; praying about the issues, praying for wisdom and discernment.
- Time meditating; who God is, what He is wants to do in you and through you, and on what you need to do by way of answers and direction.
WAITING IS RESTING IN GOD’S TIMING
Waiting means to be still, stand still, rest and meditate on God’s timing.
Psalms 145:15 The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. Gal 6:9 In due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Psalms 37:7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; In this verse it is the Hebrew word damam translated to stand still. The same word is used in Joshua 10:12 of the sun standing still. Stopping normal activity and wait. (Get alone with God)
Psalms 46:10, “Cease striving (be still and wait) and know that I am God …”In this verse it is the Hebrew word raphe translated to relax, become motionless, hang limp, let go.”
WAITING MEANS TRUSTING IN GOD AND HIS GOODNESS.
Waiting means to claim God’s promises by faith and resting in the fact that God is already waiting in your future. Lam 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
Psalms 62:5-8 My soul, wait in silence for God only, … Trust in Him at all times…
Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the LORD, … I will put my trust (look unto, hope) in him. Benefits of waiting on the lord waiting sustains and satisfies.
WAITING STRENGTHENS AND ENABLES.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
WAITING BUILDS CHARACTER.
Waiting exercises the patience muscle that builds character.
Psalm 37;7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.
WAITING REMOVES DESPAIR AND RELAEASE PRAISE.
Psalms 40:2-3 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear, And will trust in the Lord.
We are called to WAIT FOR THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
After waiting the 120 where filled with the Holy Spirit and then they left that place 5000 got saved.
Acts 1;4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father.
WAITING ON THE LORD REVEALS OUR TRUE MOTIVES.
Waiting has a way of bringing out the best and worst in a person. People with wrong motives won’t wait because they’re not interested in the commitment. They’re too interested in self or success.
Those with good intentions and a pure heart, will wait. They will see the vision they have come to fruition.
WAITING ON THE LORD BUILDS PATIENCE IN OUR LIVES.
Patience in waiting for small things leads to patience for the bigger things. If we can’t wait for God to do a small thing, we can’t wait for God to do a big thing.
WAITING ON THE LORD BUILDS ANTICIPATION.
Waiting on The Lord builds anticipation for the day of the miracle. People who are patient, generally treasure the things they have to wait for.
WAITING ON THE LORD TRANSFORMS OUR CHARACTER.
Waiting on the Lord produces maturity of character.
WAITING ON THE LORD BUILDS INTIMACY AND DEPENDENCY UPON GOD
All great men and women of the Bible had one thing in common. They learned their success in life was directly proportionate to their intimacy and dependency upon God. They all learned to wait on God. Waiting during the difficult times developed their relationship with God.
Waiting happens best when in a valley.
A few years ago, we went away for a weekend as a family.
During this time we were praying and asking God for revelation and breakthrough.
Caron had a prophetic revelation concerning waiting on The Lord.
While watching an eagle take to the wind thermal from a valley and effortlessly soar to heights without any effort from the eagle, but only catching the wind thermals, the revelation came. ‘Those who wait on the Lord will rise on wings like eagles…’ THE SECRET OF WAITING ON THE LORD IS TO CATCH THE WIND THERMALS OF THE SPIRIT.”
Wind thermals are not created on mountain top experiences. It is only due the valleys and heat that rises from valleys thermals that eagles can soar.
The Lord wants you to catch the Spiritual Thermal that is created in your valley experiences and rise, effortlessly through this valley experience to heights of Glory and Grandeur where He is already waiting for you in your place of success.
From Mark Visser