Waiting on the Lord

It’s a phrase we Christians like to toss around. But what do we really mean when we say we’re “waiting on the Lord?” I personally, am not much into waiting for anyone. I want things to happen and quickly! If I’ve waited five minutes, I tend to think I’ve waited enough!

If you resonate with that at all then you’ll appreciate my less than enthusiastic response to a passage of scripture that God directed me to the other day. In our new mobile reality, our family was spending a few days with Timi’s parents. I took some time to go for a hike with my journal and listen to what God might say.  I found a quiet spot where the hummingbirds kept me company, and began to pray. As I prayed, a verse of scripture surfaced in my memory.

I didn’t know the reference but the words were, “They that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” What Lord? I thought we had waited long enough. We’ve been working to sell our home for a year – not knowing where we were going. We’ve moved all our things into storage, waiting on your direction. Our family is couch hopping as we wait for you to lead and you’re telling me that those who wait will renew their strength? It’s not working – I’m just getting more tired.”

That evening Timi and I were talking as the boys settled down to sleep. We wondered aloud how long we could keep waiting. She was just about to vent her own frustration with the ongoing instability of our lives when my phone vibrated with a new text message. A brother in arms wrote, “… I saw these (verses) and thought of you: Isaiah 40:25-31.” We looked up the reference and found that the passage ended with, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”! But verse 27 says, “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel,  My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?”

How good of God to confirm the very verse he had directed me to earlier. He knows that as we wait we tend to feel forgotten, invisible, and abandoned. But he promises to be our strength. The challenge for today is to wait well.

As Steven Curtis Chapman declared in his song Faithful,

I will proclaim it to the world.

I will declare it to my heart

And sing it when the sun is shining.

I will scream it in the dark.

You are faithful!

You are faithful!

How has God demonstrated His faithfulness in your life? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.

– Richie

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  1. Richie
    7 years ago

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for your thoughts. I especially appreciated your realization that it is often God who is waiting on you! I wasn’t so excited about six years! I LOVE your idea of a new name, new identity, and a new, more complete sense of belonging in His eternal Kingdom. Sounds good to me!