“I don’t mind waiting on the Lord!” Have you ever said that? If not, have you ever heard someone else say that? This phrase sounds really nice, but does the average Christian really mean this when they say it? I have found that some people really mean this! Unfortunately, most Christians do not mean this!
Many Christians struggle with what it actually means to “Wait on the Lord.” We hear scriptures like Isaiah 40:31 that says, “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.” We are often TOLD to trust God but seldom ever taught HOW to trust Him. Waiting can be difficult—especially waiting on the Lord.
Waiting on the Lord requires patience. Hebrews 10:36 states, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Patience, patience, patience… anybody have any of it lying around?
It seems as though the patience of the saints is being tested. In a society that promotes instant gratification, it is no wonder why believers have a hard time “Waiting on the Lord.” From the desire to land our dream jobs immediately after college to our desire to marry the first person that shows interest in us, we need more patience!
Failure to wait on God can be disastrous. From dating relationships to career changes, choosing not to wait on the “green light” from God is often a sure recipe for shipwreck. In other words, good things do not often come as a result of our impatience. Of course, we do serve a loving God who is gracious and who shows His children lots of mercy daily!
What I have learned is that exercising patience, as hard as that can be, will lead to the promises God has for us. Satan tempts believers with opportunities and other things that seem right but Proverbs 14:12 reminds believers that “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Seeming right and being right are two different things, but how do we know what is right?
I am soooo glad that you asked! Knowing the voice of the Lord for ourselves as believers is the only way that we will know for sure if a decision is right. Praying and fasting are two ways that believers can draw closer to God. Once believers are closer to God, the relationship established between God and the believer lends to a deeper sensitivity to the voice of the Lord.
I used to think that I had to audibly hear a deep manly voice speaking for it to be God’s voice. I am reminded of the “angel of the Lord” that is mentioned in the story of Hagar when she is sent into the wilderness. This “angel of the Lord” speaks to Hagar and the story does not depict a macho man as the speaker. Sometimes the voice of the Lord comes through the minister during worship services. Other times God uses a total stranger to speak to us. In any case, believers must be sensitive to what is going on and how God might be speaking.
Having patience is essential to the faith walk of a believer. We know this is often easier said than done. “Waiting on the Lord” sometimes means sleepless nights and many tears. On this week, as you think about patience, please ask yourself the question, “Am I REALLY willing to wait on the Lord?”
Rev. Lakeya Stewart