Waiting . . . Wait on . . .
Question: What types of things do you typically “wait for”?
- Wait for the bus?
- Wait at the doctor’s office?
- Wait in line at the bank?
- Wait in line at the fast food restaurant?
- Wait for a letter coming in the mail?
Question: What is meant by “wait on the Lord”?
Waiting on the Lord By: J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M.:
Let’s take a look at what J.
Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years said in his article:
“The Old Testament emphasis is clearly on the
daily walk and the need to wait on the
Lord and His providential care in the pressures of life. As we will see, in the New
Testament, the focus is on the promise of Christ’s return. The emphasis, however, in most
contexts where the words for waiting occur, is on the impact waiting on the Lord’s return
should have on our daily walk.”
Additional points from Keathley’s article:
- Waiting Involves Seeking the Lord
- Waiting Involves Taking Action at the Right Time (. . . There is a time . . .)
- Waiting Involves Resting in God’s Timing
- Waiting Means Trusting in God and His Goodness
- Waiting Involves Taking the Right Action
- Waiting Involves Learning to be Content with God’s Provision and Timing
- Because of Who God is and what He is able to do
- Waiting Straightens and Builds Character
Now let’s take a look at what Scripture
“waiting on the Lord”:
17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat
of five you will all flee away,
till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill."
18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
19 O people of
will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
16 Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among my
17 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.
18 Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in
14 I have become
like a man who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, "Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me
when my foot slips."
patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
12 Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.
13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wasteland they put God to the test.
13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they
take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
- How well do you wait on the Lord?
- How could you wait on the Lord better?
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