ďI wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.Ē Psalm 130:5-6
I donít know about anyone else, but I could scream in frustration when people tell me they are ďwaiting on the LordĒ for a specific purpose, need or answer, because they seem so sure of themselves, and for a long time I was not. When I went to those same people to ask for advice, they would say, ďWait on the Lord.Ē
Hang on a minute ó wait, like how? Like when Iím in the checkout line? Iím the one youíve all seen, leg dancing and hands jingling the change in my pocket as I wait. Or like when Iím waiting for my spouse so we can get to our appointment? Itís all very well saying ďwaitĒ but what does that mean exactly? Normally when Iím waiting, be it at the store, the gas station, or at home, my mind is racing with a thousand thoughts a minute and itís hard to remain focused on what Iím doing as I think ahead to all I could be doing ó if only I werenít waiting!
Waiting on God is different, however. We think of waiting on God in the same way as waiting in line, or waiting for another person. But itís not the same.
First of all, weíre to put our hope in the Word of God. That means in the written word, and also in Jesus who is the Word. We put our hope, and our trust in Him. While you are waiting, read His word, and meditate on it.
Secondly, we need to believe the Lord longs to be compassionate towards us. Isaiah 30 says He desires to be gracious, and He rises to show us compassion. While waiting, reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of God. We tend towards the negative in our lives, and itís good in the time of waiting to remember the blessings He has bestowed on us.
Lastly, wait expectantly. Psalm 130 talks of waiting like the watchmen wait for the morning. That means as surely as there was night, and there will be morning, and as tedious as the night was, dawn will come, there will be a new day. We must never lose our hope in the coming day, in the reality that God will come.
Waiting is not easy, whether itís in the grocery line, or waiting for an answer for the prayer of your heart, but itís made easier when we meditate on Him and His Word, and on the goodness of the Lord, and remain expectant.