To wait on the Lord is to enter into a season of seeking God in faith, patiently expecting Him to act in His own time and way. To wait upon the Lord is to turn from anxiety, to be strengthened in heart, and to look to the Lord alone for His deliverance and wisdom. The results of waiting upon the Lord are rest, strength, blessing, confident expectation, and renewed vigor in all of life’s affairs.
Waiting upon the Lord is NOT inactivity or idleness. Someone may be waiting upon the Lord and be very busy and involved. It is more of a state of heart than a condition of behavior.
- Psalms 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
- Psalms 27:14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
- Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
- Psalms 69:6 Let not those who wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded
because of me, O God of Israel.
- Psalms 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.
- Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings like eagles, they shall run and
not be wary, they shall walk and not
The opposite of waiting upon the Lord is taking matters into our own hands, depending upon our own strength, and relying upon our own wisdom. The one
who refuses to wait upon the Lord is the one who does not seek God, either through His word or in believing prayer.
How do we do it?
1. We recognize and admit the insufficiency of our own strength and wisdom.
2. We seek first His kingdom, His reign, His power to be operative in and through our lives.
3. We discover His promises, character, and wisdom through His Word.
4. We consciously rely upon what He has said and upon who He is, as we wait for His plan to unfold in and through us.
In short, we do Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”