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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. But what really does Waiting on the Lord mean?

Looking up the thesaurus for 'wait' 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 deliverance 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 on 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

How do you know when the wait is over? We will discuss that tomorrow; please stay tuned...

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  1. Good word for today although, if you don't mind I would like to add a couple of things here.The Hebrew word for wait in Isaiah 40:31 is qavah. According to Stong's Hebrew dictionary it means "to bind together as if by twisting." The Hebrew word for wait in Isaiah 64:4 is chakah which means "to tarry or wait." Because of our English language limitations and understanding of the Hebrew language the translation here is limited as well. So that if it is interpreted accurately, it may read "They that bind with the Lord as if by twisting will renew their strength..." Kind of reminds me of when Jesus was talking about being the vine and we are the branches. This is very cool here: The vine and the branches are so twisted together that you cannot tell where the vine ends and the branches begin. Again, not to discourage you or anything, it's just that having a Hebrew dictionary helps tremendously when reading/interpreting the Old Testament. Thank you and God bless you as you qavah with Him.


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