Waiting upon the Lord can be very scary because it involves trusting for something you cannot see: “For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Essentially, standing firm on the word of God when everything seems impossible strengthens your faith. It causes you to reach maturity, develop spiritual muscles, and persevere in obstacles.
The key to waiting on God is training your mind to align with God’s word. For the Bible says, “anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
Who waited on God in the Bible?
- Abraham and Sarah waited over 25 years to have a son.
- Joseph waited about 20+ years before his dream came true.
- David waited 15 years to become the King.
- Noah faithfully built the ark and waited on the flood for 100 years.
- Moses waited 40 years before leading the people out of Egypt.
- Esther fasted and waited for 3 days before speaking to the King.
David sang: "I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told." (Psalm 40:1-17)
What is the benefit of waiting upon the Lord?
The ultimate benefit of waiting upon the Lord is growing closer to him in intimacy. As you wait on the Lord, he is able to teach you about his character. At the end of your obstacle, you will learn that God is always there and will always be there.
1. Receive Renewed Strength
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Waiting can feel very hard when your situation needs an immediate solution. However, we should never give into our fears when we’re tired of waiting. God always shows up. Always. Therefore, keep believing and he will give you strength to keep going.
If you’re too tired to believe God will be good in your situation, then start standing firm on this verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
2. Endurance and Character
Waiting causes us to be stronger. God desires believers to have spiritual muscles. Spiritual muscles allow us to be strong in moments of testings, temptations, and unexpected obstacles.
- “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
- “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” (Colossians 1:11)
3. See God’s Goodness
God writes good stories. Therefore, if you don’t see God’s goodness in a situation then He is still working on your behalf. For example, when Jesus died the disciples thought hope had been lost. However, God had a greater plan that involved bringing hope to the world through Jesus’ sacrificial death.
- “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25-26)
- “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
4. He Make a Clear Path
Allowing God to open and close doors is important in your spiritual walk. God will bring the right relationships, jobs, and opportunities. However, he will remove the wrong ones. Be confident that God is doing this because He is protecting you and He has an ultimate strategy for victory.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
5. He Fulfills Promises
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
God is working all things together for your good. Sometimes, he doesn’t fulfill a promise in your life until it fits into his plans. And he may not release you into a promise that you are not spiritually mature enough to handle. For example, Jesus trained the disciples before he left. This was a strategic move, so they’d be able to carry on his ministry when he departed.
This is a great moment to ask God: Father, what are you doing in the background? Help me to see your greater plan and not just the pain of my situation.
If God Said it You Can Believe It
God’s words always prove true. For example, Habakkuk felt God was doing nothing as his people were suffering. Habakkuk saw the disaster in the natural, but didn’t see God’s plan for victory. While praying, God revealed his plan to Habakkuk. God said: “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
6. Help and Shield
When you hope in God he protects and helps you. To Hope in God means you believe in his biblical promises in hard situations. Hoping in God’s word not only strengthens our faith but also serves as a reminder to follow His teachings and commandments. Essentially, straying from God’s word when tempted can cause believers to walk into unhealthy territories.
“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:20-22)
7. God Will Avenge You
You shouldn’t fight as this world fights when others hurt you. God wants to use the situation to win their souls. Instead, bless your enemies, but never curse them. You will be victorious when you wait on God to fight your battles.
- “Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.” (Proverbs 20:22)
- Remember, The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. (Exodus 14:14)
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8. He Will Exalt You
Are you experiencing rejection, heartbreak, physical ailments, accusations, betrayals and other forms of persecution? Then continue to be blameless before men because God will turn your situation around. He will use you to love the ones that have hurt you. And he will use you to be a miracles to the ones whom did’t believe. In such ways, God will exalt you to be a testimony of God’s goodness.
God desires to use righteous, faithful, and humble believers to magnify the Gospel. While the goal of the Christianity isn’t money, God can also bestows fame and money to those who he favors. Usually, He abundantly gives to those who have pure hearts that seek to correct injustices in the world. Essentially, those who have hearts to radically love, serve, and support orphans, homeless, widows, and lost souls.
- “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.” (Psalm 37:34)
- “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
9. Inherit the Land
There are many theological explanations for what it means for a believer to inherit the land. Similarly to Jesus, we have authority to set captives free and loose all those who are bound on this earth. Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..” (Matthew 28:18-19)
In my opinion, waiting purifies our faith and trains us to trust in difficult situations. Essentially, trust in God allows us to boldly take possession of our power and authority on this earth. God is the highest authority on this earth. Ultimately, If we are heirs to his kingdom, then we also have possession of what God has.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) “For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:9)
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10. God Will Provide
God will provide for you with what you need if you wait on him. As you continue in His peace and work hard, God will provide everything that you need.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
11. You Reap a Reward
Don’t give up when things get hard. Continue to wait and stand firm in your faith. In the right time, God will present you with a reward.
- “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
- “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
The spiritual blessings of waiting on God is a heavenly award.
12. Finish A Good Work In You
As we wait and grow stronger, God is able to bring us to maturity. Essentially, waiting usually causes all the inner pain and distrust within us to ooze out. Then, God can refine us and purify our insides.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do while waiting on God? While waiting you should read the word, pray, and thank God. Also, you should continue to live a full life. Sometimes, God wants to discipline believers to work hard and function in life when it’s hard. The key is to avoid feeling like a victim and operating in unhealthy behaviors when things are going wrong.
Does waiting on God means doing nothing? It depends. King Saul didn’t want to wait, so he illegally sacrificed animals unto God. Essentially, King Saul did something because he was acting in fear. This is similar to Abraham and Sarah. Sarah convinced Abraham to impregnate Hagar because they didn’t believe they’d have a baby. These examples shows lack of faith. Therefore, you should only do things that are righteous as you wait. You shouldn’t do anything that contradicts God’s word and reduces your purity as you wait.