Would you like a key to help you in hearing the voice of the Lord? A clue to drawing His strength and sustenance as you navigate your walk with God? One scripture in Isaiah has the key which we will discuss in this article. In verses 40:27-31 lies the answer to developing a closer walk with God and is the source for answers to seemingly unsolvable problems. In the King James Version the scripture says: “Why say thou, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hidden from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even vigorous youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that WAIT UPON THE LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
What is waiting on the Lord? It has been described as an active faith which seeks direction, revelation, and sustenance from the Lord, that His life and will might be manifested in us. It means the renouncing of our wills and decisions in order to wait for the revelation of His will in our lives. It is quite simply an aggressive prayer of listening for the Lord. Waiting on the Lord is not an added luxury to a life filled with our own ways and activities. Waiting on the Lord is the basis of a Spirit-directed and Christ-empowered life. If you are ineffective and going in circles, wait on the Lord. Most believers need to be delivered from the oppression of the cares and pressures of life. They need to wait on the Lord with fasting and prayer until they receive the assurance of His will and His strength.
The Hebrew word "qavah", is translated “to wait,” and means “to wait, expect, look for.” Waiting on the Lord will bring things into your life beyond your capacity to comprehend. Isaiah 64:4, quoted in I Corinthians 2:9–13 says: “For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him”. The Hebrew word used in Isaiah 64:4 is "chakah", which means “to wait earnestly.”
Waiting on the Lord brings the guidance and direction that you will need. Isaiah 30:18 says again: “And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that WAIT for him”. The Hebrew word used in verse 18 “wait” is also "chakah". The Lord reiterates this in Isaiah verse 30:20-21: “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left”. Once again those who wait on the Lord hear His voice!
Hasty decision and action is behind every failure. “Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who makes haste with his feet errs” (Proverbs 19:2). And: “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 29:20). Much better that one wait on the Lord, get the Word of the Lord and speak that instead of our opinions.
We are especially commanded to wait on the Lord in this end time. In Luke a parable stressing waiting on the Lord goes as follows: “And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “And be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect” (Luke 12:36-40). As you wait on the lord you must have persistence because the Lord may delay His coming.
How do you wait on the Lord and be sure you are hearing His voice? You must wait quietly before Him. If you were meditating you would wait passively but in waiting on the Lord you are aggressive. Your faith is active and you are anticipating hearing His voice; active listening. Your spirit actually rests on the top of your head so with your will you direct your spirit towards the Lord. You may find you will hear other voices that frequent the realms of the supernatural but you are looking for that one voice from heaven that rings true. You must also wade through distractions that tell you that you could be doing something else more important. But what you are doing is most important. Remember the parable of Martha and Mary where Martha was doing many things but Mary was seated at Christ’s feet, the most important thing (Luke 10:38–42). It may take a while to really connect but it is worth it a thousand times over when you hear His voice and know its His voice directed to you personally.
If you are persistent in it the Lord will speak to you and you will know it is the Lord. Even if there is nothing specific you need an answer to you will connect with His Spirit, draw His life and as Isaiah says “fly like an eagle”.
Scriptures used: New American Standard Bible, 1978 and 1995 versions; King James Bible (Isaiah 40:27-31).