Wait For Him
Isaiah 64:4 NIV
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.
Waiting implies an expectation of the arrival of something or someone. It is a duration when we still do not see what we are anticipating but we are holding on.
To wait for the Lord is to hold a spirit of expecting Him to bring upon the arrival of something we hope for, something we do not yet see for now. It is to remain, to stay, to linger till His Word comes upon us to set us off for the next course of action.
To wait for the Lord is to not go or act before Him and His Voice. It is to not take matter into our own hands but instead, entrust the matter into His Hands.
And the Word of God tells us that God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
Therefore, my friends, wait for the Lord, so that He may work on your behalf to accomplish what you are not able to do and to grant you the breakthrough that you have not been able to attain.
Honestly, I do not enjoy waiting. Expecting and hoping for something to come and it still has not appeared before my eyes – such a season often makes me impatient and restless. During such times, I am tempted to try and do something – anything my mind can conjure up to do – to attempt to expedite the arrival of what I am hoping for.
Today, I feel like God is showing me through His Word the power in waiting for Him and the danger in not waiting for Him, so that I would learn to quietly enter His waiting room where He promises to work miracles and breakthroughs for me.
When the Philistines were pursuing David, this is what he did as recorded in 2 Samuel 5:19, 20 & 25 NKJV –
19 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”
And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
20 So David went…
25 …and he struck down the Philistines…
David did not take matters into his own hands. He waited for the Lord and sought His counsel. Then the Lord said to act. And he acted accordingly, trusting fully that God’s instruction was the best recourse and His promise would never fail.
In another Scripture passage, we learn that the land of Judah was being attacked by Assyria. This is an account of how the Israelites acted in the face of the attack –
Isaiah 30:15 & 16 NLT
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to Me and resting in Me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.
16 You said, “No, we will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.”
But the only swiftness you are going to see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
God’s will was for the Israelites to let Him save them in quietness and trust. But they preferred to get help their own way, and God did not work for them. The Israelites did not wait for the Lord to bring deliverance in the way He said He would. Perhaps they did not think it was a brilliant idea to be quiet and resting when the enemy was fiercely coming against them. However, in resorting to their own brilliance, they were only quickening their own downfall, as the Word tells us in Isaiah 30:16. Such is the folly to trust in man and not in God and to go ahead without the Lord instead of returning to Him.
Wait for the Lord by always seeking His counsel before we act. When He says to act, we act. When He says to be still, we shall be still.
Psalm 127:1 NIV
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Therefore, wait for the Lord, trust and move in His strength. So that your labor in your family, career, relationship and ministry bear increasing fruits. So that all the things you work hard to protect and watch over, will prosper.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me today that there is power in waiting. Wisdom and strength and victory come from You when I look to You and trust in You. Guard my heart and my mind, Holy Spirit, that in all things, I do not attempt to strive by my own wisdom and effort but will always first come before the throne to seek the counsel and direction from my Lord. Help me, Lord, to hear You and obey Your Voice every step of my way so that victory and deliverance take place in my life according to Your will, and through it, may many people around me see Your glory and believe in You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”