Wait for Him!
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
– Psalm 27:14
Have you ever waited on the Lord for something? Maybe you’ve waited on God to bless you with a baby…a spouse…a dream job…a prodigal child to return home…the salvation of a loved one. At one point or another, each one of us waited on God to move in various areas of our lives.
The Bible has many stories of people waiting on God. Sarah and Abraham waited for more than 20 years for the promised Isaac. Elizabeth and Zechariah waited for the child, John. The people of Israel pray for many years to be delivered from the oppression of Egyptians. History is filled with people who had to wait on God. Not only is the Bible filled with stories of people who waited on God but it also tells us how to wait on Him.
Micah 7:7 reads: “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait (yachal) for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
There is another kind of “wait” in the Bible. It is found in Habakkuk 2:3: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait (khaki) for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” This type of waiting denotes a folding of the arms. We need to wait on a revelation from God with folded arms. It’s not going to take any effort from us at all.
But the third kind of “wait” in the Bible is my favorite and it’s found in Psalms 27:14, “Wait (qava) for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” The word qava means to wait with great anticipation. The picture the Lord gave me a few years ago on this type of waiting is when I’m at the airport waiting for my sister to walk through the gates. I know for a fact she’s taken a plane to see me. I know for a fact the plane landed and I know for a fact she is ready to walk through the gates. And I wait to greet her!
I love this kind of waiting because I am waiting on God for something in my life, I picture Jesus walking through the airport gates as I stand, wait, and look for Him. And I think, “Jesus is about to show up in this situation of my life!”
What about you? How are you waiting on God? There are seasons when God tells us to fold our hands and wait for His revelation. He always wants us to have hope in our hearts as we wait for Him. And when we pray and seek Him, we can wait at the airport and watch Him walk through the gates!
Pray: Lord, please teach me to wait on You with hope in my heart. Help me to wait on You with great anticipation in my heart. Help me to look eagerly for You each day to show up in my situation and my circumstance. And when it takes longer than I hope, please help me to fold my hands and not try to take matters in my hands. Help me to wait on You well! In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!
Director of Women’s Ministry
First Baptist Broken Arrow