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I’m pretty sure most Christians have said, “Oh, I’m just waiting on the Lord.” And I am 100% guilty of this on numerous occasions.
But what does it mean to wait on Lord? A lot of times Christians think that when they are waiting on the Lord, it’s this quiet unproductive posture of…….well waiting. At least that’s what I always thought it meant. I don’t know about you but when I think about waiting it’s like waiting at the doctor’s office or inline for groceries or even worse…the DMV.
Have you ever noticed that waiting for stuff like that can really drain you? It’s weird… you are at the DMV for like 4 hours (no joke) and once you are done you’re ready to take a nap or do a Netflix binge. But is that what God is calling us too? Is He calling us to idly wait?
In Isaiah 40:30-31 says,
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on 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.
What God is saying is that waiting on Him does the absolute opposite. It actually renews your strength and it even takes it up a notch saying even if you do a lot of stuff (run and walk) it’s not going to affect you.
So, what does it really mean to wait on the Lord?
Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength? Well, if you actually dig into that word “wait” in the Hebrew which is qavah (H6960) it means, “to bind together.” We also see this word used in Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Just think about that for a second.
First off, “to bind together” is not sitting in a corner, waiting patiently or being quiet. It’s not even meaning to just wait for God to answer me in a few days or weeks. It’s about binding together with Him.
Those who “bind together” with Him shall renew their strength. So, what Isaiah is saying here is you’re getting your strength renewed by being very close to the Lord.
It’s like what Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I am the vine, you are, the branch is us binding ourselves to Him …
It’s about being intertwined with Him….
That’s where we gain strength. That’s where we see fruit. You don’t bare fruit by being spiritually idle. That’s not what waiting on the Lord is. Waiting is productive in nature.
God wants you to draw close to him. Bringing our presence into His presence, and in that place, where the Spirit of the Lord and there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
That’s also the place we can hear Him more clearly. If you are 50 feet away from a friend who is talking to you in their normal talking voice. You won’t be able to hear them well or not at all. But if you are only a foot away from them you can hear them very clearly.
That’s how it is in the spirit as well. The closer we get to the Lord the easier it will be to hear and discern His voice. (John 10:27-28 )
So next time you’re wondering, or thinking I need to wait upon the Lord on an answer or something. Remember it’s not about waiting around for this huge revelation to hit you. It’s about being proactive in our relationship with H
“I’m going to get so close to Him. So that I can be strengthened and hear clearly what the Lord’s will is for me.”
I hope this post has encouraged you and it has encouraged me in my posture in waiting on the Lord. Drop me a comment below and share your thoughts! I would love to hear them.
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