“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” (Ps. 130: 5-6).
Americans don’t want to wait, we want it now, generally. Fast food is not very good, except rarely, but it is fast and quick is better than good to us. We make concessions, compromises to get things quick or exactly when we want it. For some who have the skill and ability to plan ahead, making reservations and appointments can reduce the wait.
I believe this pattern is from the enemy to steal something very precious and important for us. We need to reclaim what has been lost. When we think of waiting we might imagine standing in a line, barely moving, wasting time, anxious and stressed. We have all experienced this and it is miserable, but this is not waiting on the Lord. We need to separate waiting on the Lord from anxiety and stress. As we wait ,we should be at rest, releasing anxiety and stress rather than practicing it. There is no line in the Lord’s presence. We may not be as close to Him as we desire, but there is room, rest, peace, restoration and renewal. This is waiting on the Lord.
God’s timing is perfect. He delivers at just the critical point for triumph and His glory, not merely for success. God’s work is eternal, so when He moves in our midst the effect is deep and wide, bringing freedom, establishing an Ebenezer for future encouragement and blessing. Waiting is getting ready, preparing for God’s perfection, not merely delaying gratification. Aligning ourselves with God is choosing health, life and goodness, and waiting on the Lord is part of this process. “So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually”. (Hosea 12:7 NKJV).
This revelation is needed more than ever among the family of believers in America. We need the deep peace and restoration of the Holy Spirit as we lay down the tension and stress of going our way in our timing. Peace and anxiety are incompatible, just as tension and stress are barriers to rest. The key is waiting, which may include prayer and meditating on the Word of God. Listen to the voice of the Spirit as He reminds you of God’s Word. Cast your cares upon the Lord in prayer. God is waiting on us to cease our strivings so that His perfect will is accomplished in us.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Ps. 27:14). Miracles, prophetic encouragement, supernatural healing, restoration, redemption, deferred hope fulfilled, salvation, songs of praise, true worship, divine insight, deliverance, forgiveness, release from captivity, loving relationship, abundant blessing, and acts of love and mercy are reserved for us as we learn to wait on the Lord. There is a scripture passage that the Holy Spirit desires to open to us in a way that will bring the answer and transformation we so desperately need. It drops down from heaven like dew, but we must be listening. “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.” (John 3:27). “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17).