Waiting on God


I tend to be a New Testament guy. It’s not that I think the Old Testament is any less inspired or profitable than the New; it’s just that I usually find more application from my own dispensation.

But the lesson God is currently teaching me is one found repeatedly throughout those writings before the incarnation.

Wait for Yahweh.
Be strong and let your heart show strength,
and wait for Yahweh. (Psalm 27:14, LEB)

I await Yahweh; my soul awaits,
and I wait for his word. (Psalm 130:5, LEB)

But those who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength.
 They shall go up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not grow weary;
 they shall walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31, LEB)

Yahweh is good to those who wait on him,
 to the person that seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25, LEB)

But you, you must return to your God;
 keep love and justice,
  and wait continually for your God. (Hosea 12:6, LEB)

This waiting means that we must place our absolute trust in God. In the good times as well as the bad, we must have faith that he will come through for us. We must believe that his plans are better than our own. We must seek his will and follow his directions.

I’ve long understood all that. The part I seem to have glossed over is the fact that waiting on God really does involve waiting.

Patience is not one of my strongest qualities. I’m a techie living in a digital world where two seconds seems like a long time to wait. I’m used to finding the answers I need in a single session of Googling.

When it comes to obeying God, I sincerely do desire to walk according to his will—I just need to know what that is, and I want to know right now!

But that’s not how God works.

God is teaching me that a desire to obey is not always enough. I need wait for his instructions first, and I need to do so patiently.

Indeed, God’s plans are better than mine, and his timing is better too.

What are you waiting on God for right now? Keep trusting. Keep waiting. In his perfect timing, he will reveal his will for you.