Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
I hate waiting.
I hate waiting so bad that it influences where I go and don’t go. If I know it will require waiting I typically don’t bother.
But sometimes I don’t have a choice.
- Waiting for the birth of my kids.
- Waiting for the stove to cook my food.
- Waiting for the traffic light to turn green.
What I’ve come to find out is that waiting is part of life.
And waiting is part of God’s plan.
Waiting is hard but sometimes it’s worth the wait.
- Getting to see my kids for the first time.
- Taking a bite of freshly cooked food.
- Getting to my destination.
The outcome makes waiting worth it.
God knows this. That’s why He doesn’t give in to capricious requests for answered prayer and immediate gratification. He makes us wait because waiting has a purpose.
Waiting causes us to trust or panic.
What makes the difference
Waiting on the Lord and Waiting for the lord.
Waiting on God is more about waiting on his answer. We don’t necessarily care how He answers as long as He answers.
We care more about the wish-granting and treat God as a genie.
\Waiting for the lord is more about a relationship than it is about the answer.
When we wait for the lord, is about speaking to the lord and waiting for Him to answer. We trust Him and want His direction and guidance.
We love to hear His voice and are ready to be obedient.
When we wait on the lord, we know that sometimes the answer will be no or not now. But we’re okay with that because we know He does it because He cares.
So we wait and put our hope in His word.
When we wait for the Lord, we get more of the Lord
Remember earlier we said that the outcome makes the waiting worth it.
Well, when we wait for the lord we get more of Him. We get more of Him because our relationship and intimacy with Him grows.
Waiting tends to give us more time because we typically don’t know what our next move is. So we spend a lot of time praying more and seeking Him in His word.
And that means waiting for the Lord will always be worth it.