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They that wait on 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. Isaiah 40:31

'Waiting on the Lord' is a frequently mentioned term among Christians. We are fond of the familiar Scripture verse above. But what really is Waiting on the Lord?

Looking up the thesaurus we have the following:

Definition: pause, rest

Synonyms: abide, anticipate, await, bide, bide one's time, cool it, dally, delay, expect, fill time, foresee, hang around, hang onto, hang out, hold back, hold everything, hold on, lie in wait, lie low, linger, look for, look forward to, mark time, put on hold, remain, save it, sit tight, sit up for, stall, stand by, stay, stay up for, stick around, sweat it, tarry, watch

Antonyms: carry out, do, forge, forward, go, go ahead

So, to say we must wait on the Lord implies we have to abide in the Lord, expect from the Lord, delay our own decision making, linger in His presence, tarry, hold on, look forward to His answer, stand by for His deliverence etc. In addition it also means not to carry out things in our whim or fancy, not to go ahead with our own conclusions, not to move forward without hearing from Him etc.

Wait in the Lord, wait at His presence, bring it to His feet, raise it to His hearing, tarry for a definite answer from Him on all matters concerning. The business idea you have, the marriage proposal at hand, the job offer you like, for all things big and small, pause, consult with the Lord, wait on Him and then do it according to His will. Don't move an inch before you have heard from Him. Do not proceed!

Pause. Pray. Listen. Act.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

2 Responses
  1. How do we know when the wait is over? Does God always answer? I suppose these questions are for me rather than anyone else.
    The experience of God's approval or consent eludes me. What does it feel like when you know your actions are in line with God's will?
    Thank you for the coffee. This will have me thinking.

  2. NRIGirl Says:

    Dear Patrick Mueller: You have brought about some very interesting thoughts for discussion here. Thank you!

    Does God always answer? Yes! Yes & Yes! How can we be sure of that? Because the BIBLE tells us so. ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

    How do we know when the wait is over? If you think about it, the wait is never over - we will be constantly waiting for one thing or another. It is an attitude of the heart - being constantly dependent on the Lord.

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Thank you again brother for sharing over the Coffee table. Much appreciated.

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