“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)
Have you been praying about a situation in your life and find yourself waiting for a breakthrough? Are you wondering why the answer hasn’t come yet?
Very often we can find ourselves praying long and hard about a situation and find the anwer isn’t happening fast enough. Be of good cheer! because God does hear those prayers, and He’ is already working out the answers even though we may not know all the details…… and therein lies the problem….details. If you’re like me, we can develop the thought process that says, “if I can just cut through the red tape” I can make things happen faster. Well, if you’ve chosen to follow after Jesus,, I’m sure you’ve come to know by experience that God’s ways are not ours. (Isaiah 55:8). God’s ways involve us learning to trust Him and trusting Him means He will take us down roads that we definitely would not have chosen ourselves, because it seems God’s paths for us have the appearance of obstacles, cliffs, waters… all perfectly designed in love by Him to take us to the end of our patience and lean on His plans.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him…..Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint….. But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me….. And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You……I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”
Patient, confident trust in the Lord is the central idea of the exhortation to wait on the Lord. The entire Psalm 27 is a prayer to God for help. It illustrates the meaning of waiting on the Lord. Throughout the psalm’s David expresses authentic faith and courageous trust in God, based on his confident expectation that the Lord will rescue and save him in his time of trouble.
How Do I Wait On The Lord?
This kind of trusting God helped him dispel fear and despair: “When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident” (Verses 2–3).
Secondly we can wait on the Lord by seeking Him. David showed his trust in the Lord by longing to be with Him, to commune in God’s presence and worship in His temple:
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
David learned that when he was in God’s dwelling place, praising and worshiping Him, he felt safe and secure:
“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD” (Verses 5–6).
Thirdly, we can wait on the Lord through prayer.
In verses 7-14 David was asking God for wisdom, direction (verse 11), and protection (verse 12), all the while believing that he would “see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (verse 13).
Waiting on the Lord involves confident expectation of a positive result in which we place a great hope, based on knowledge of and trust in God.
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: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).
Waiting on the Lord brings God’s blessings: “Since Ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 64:4; – 1 Corinthians 1:7).
Sometimes we might feel as though the Lord does not see or hear us—that He’s not answering our prayers. During these moments, we can put our complete faith and trust in the living God. We can wait on the Lord in eager anticipation, knowing that He is with us and in control of our lives. He will do what He has promised. He will rescue and save us. He is always working for our good, even when we don’t feel Him (Romans 8:28). Through patient, courageous, active trusting, seeking, and prayer, we can learn to wait on the Lord.
And so, be comforted, because God is with you, has never abandoned you, and He is faithful to complete the work He first began in you.
Remeber that Jesus showed compassion at the grave of Lazarus. When Jesus saw Lazarus’ friends weeping, He wept alongside them (John 11:33-35).
(Lamentations 3:25- Psalm 27:14 Isaiah 40:31 Micah 7:7 Psalm 39:7 Isaiah 40:1)