“Those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 27:9 NKJV)
“Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” (Psalm 27:9 NLT)
“Those who trust in the Lord will live safe and sound with blessings overflowing.” (Psalm TPT)
Waiting on the Lord seems to be a “passive” activity if we see it from our mundane way of thinking. It may mean just doing nothing but merely waiting for things to happen. But waiting on the Lord implies an “active” pursuit. It is never stationary. It is eagerly expecting, earnestly hoping and confidently anticipating breakthrough. There is moving in the waiting.
To wait on the Lord is to go where He is moving and leading you. When you know it is His will to move, you will simply do it without question.
In the past, I heard one preacher spoke about waiting that was simply demonstrated akin to a waiter waiting on a guest’s table where readiness, anticipation and focus are vital necessities to be an efficient one. His promptness to readily respond and attend to the requests of the guest weightily counts.
All these years, all I have been hearing and hearing is to wait on the Lord where our characters are formed and transformed to prepare us to carry the weight of the upcoming breakthrough. Waiting is preparation time for the unparalleled blessings our Daddy God has prepared for us that we may not lose heart nor lose our focus when they manifest. It is to remove every distraction and lean on the very word or promise He said He will do.
But, ONE thing that made my heart leap was when I saw this verse where the Lord, too, is on a look out, earnestly waiting to show Himself strong towards us. More so, look how it is positioned as it is written.
“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. BLESSED (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” (Isaiah 30:15 AMP)
The very reason why we can earnestly, expectantly, longingly and confidently anticipate is because it is Who FIRST earnestly waits, expects, looks and longs to be gracious to you and me. Seeing and knowing this revealed word changed my perspective about waiting.
One day, I noticed that the tiles in my laundry area need to be acted upon. Since it has been there for more than two decades, there were stubborn stains that all I wanted was to replace them. Thinking that it would cost much, I opted to wait. While waiting, the Lord led me to check on how it can be resolved without spending much. During this time, I asked someone to come to my house to do the waxing for my wooden door and furniture. While he was on break, I took him to the laundry area and asked him. He simply answered, just buy muriatic acid, sand paper, gloves and steel wool. And so I did.
We started to soak the tiles for a few minutes and then scrubbed them. Oh my …. how the tiles transformed into looking like brand new ones. I was so excited that I did the scrubbing for the whole day. Praise the Lord for wisdom that came through that man. God bless his heart.
Because I was on top of it for a day, hmmmm … the night came and both my arms were sore. They were so painful that left me awake the whole night. I tried to put something to ease the pain but it just became worse.
Looking back, it is so funny to think that before I could even remember to pray, my default was to do what I could do instinctively. When nothing was working, then I remembered how the Lord is waiting, expecting, longing and looking to be gracious to me.
I opened my Bible and saw another powerful verse prior to Him waiting expectantly and it was located 3 verses before that.
“In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 AMPC)
Hmmm … returning to Him and resting in Him are important keys. When I intensely refocused myself and was single-minded about His healing grace to flow into my arms, how Jesus paid the price for all sicknesses and diseases by the power of His blood, with earnest anticipation and expectation, the pain slowly lifted until it was all gone. Hallelujah!!! Truly He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) It was such an awesome encounter that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Waiting on the Lord means learning to pursue Him with every fiber of our being, to know Him and trust Him with all that He is and Who He is to us, His beloveds. It is to have a single, consistent and intense focus on Him Who is the Source of all. It is He Who is the all-encompassing Provider. He is Holy, Truth, Grace, Mercy, Righteousness, Good, Sovereign, Just, All-Knowing, All-Powerful, All-Loving, and Ever-Present. He is Truth that dislodges all the lies of the enemy that tries to steal our peace, hope, joy and most importantly the intimacy that we have with our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 AMPC)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being so mindful of us at all times, ever ready to pour out all that You are to us, Your beloved sons and daughters. Jesus, thank You, for paying the highest price by the power of Your blood that all our needs are powerfully met. Holy Spirit, thank You for revealing to us the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the awesome love of God our Father at all times that we may walk closely and intimately with You all the days of our lives. Amen!