Several weeks ago I wrote about waiting on God. I want to revisit that subject and ask the question: What does it mean to wait on God?
The Bible certainly talks about waiting on God and encourages us to do so.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
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 weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Too many times, however, we equate the idea of waiting on God with inaction; thinking that if God wants us to move ahead, He will do something exciting and dramatic to indicate His will. Our job is to wait – God’s job is to alert us when it’s time to move ahead. But is that what it means to wait on God?
The Hebrew words that are translated as wait in our Bibles certainly have a time perspective – but they have much more than that. They also contain the ideas of trusting God (the idea in Psalm 37:9); of seeking God’s guidance (Lamentations 3:25); of living life God’s way (Psalm 37:34); and of acting in God’s time rather than in our time. It is an active waiting. It means doing what we know is right according to the Word of God as we trust God to open opportunities for us for the future.
So how do you go about wait on God? You cannot divorce waiting on God from the spiritual disciplines of spending time in God’s Word, prayer, ministry, and worship. And while it is possible to do all of these outside of the church, it is in and through the church that God often chooses to work (hence the admonition of Hebrews 10:25). Waiting on God involves the normal activities of the Christian life, trusting God that He will use them to guide us into the future.
Let’s get busy waiting on God and see what He does with and through us this week.
Stay in the Word