There are many 4-letter words, some worse than others and many not bad at all. For example, “Love” is a great 4-letter word. But there are words that you just don’t use in polite society. In our modern Christian experience one of these nasty words really stands out when used within the Holy Scriptures. Our reaction is so strong toward this word that it’s amazing we find it in the Bible at all. But… it’s all over the place!
In my opinion the worst 4-letter word in the entire Bible is the word “wait.” It’s the very last word I ever want to hear. Yet it is the word God uses over and over again when describing His suggested approach to any difficulty.
“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.” Psalm 25:21
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret …” Psalm 37:7
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
We all tend to be very impatient and when we’re going through tough times we are even more so. We can’t wait for the trials to be over. But God often tells us, “Wait.”
Waiting doesn’t come naturally. We live in an “instant” world: speedy loans, drive-thru tellers, quick lubes, microwave dinners, instant coffee, instant messaging, and a whole offering of drive-thru food establishments. All because, heaven forbid, we might have to wait one moment longer than our schedule permits! When kids are asked why they have pre-marital sex they reply, “Why wait?”
We want instant action on everything in our lives and we rebel at the thought of having to wait for anything we want. Even when we pray, we want instant answers. Most of the time, instant answers are not what God has in mind (remember God is not an ATM… “insert prayer in one slot – out pops the answer from another”). Therefore, the Lord often puts us into situations where we really have no choice but to learn to wait on Him. It is for our good to teach us the “peace” of being still and waiting on Him.
None of us is “naturally” good at waiting. But, if we are obedient and wait on the Lord for His guidance, provision, and blessing, we will be able to “fly through” the weariness of our trials.
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31
In the midst of our dark trials it is essential that we remember who God is. Remember that these tests are only temporary. In church one Sunday we sang a song containing the lyric, “There has never been a night without a dawn.” By trusting in Christ the dawn will come. Then, finally, when we leave the trial, we look back at the path we’ve been traveling and see only a single set of footprints in the sand. It’s then that we realize we didn’t have Jesus walking next to us… that one set of footprints means the Lord was carrying us all the time!
When waiting, it is not important that we know what we’re waiting for, but it is so very important to know whom we’re waiting for. In the midst of life’s troubles we should be spending significant amounts of time in prayer and Bible study. Talking directly to our Lord and telling Him everything that’s on our hearts and minds.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
After we pray, we can’t forget to read God’s word. That finishes the conversation. The Bible is how God speaks to us and directs our lives into what He wants for us. In our prayers and in our reading of His word, we seek His presence, His fellowship, His enlightenment and His blessing.
To “wait” on God is essentially to pray and meditate on His word, letting Him speak grace and peace into your heart.
You are God.
You are my God.
You are my strength.
You are my savior.
You are my sanctifier.
You are my protector.
You are my hope.
You are in control.
I surrender to You, Father, and to Your loving-kindness toward me.
I wait on Your schedule of relief and blessing.
Your will be done.
Amen and Amen!
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation.” Psalm 68:19
“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1
Think about it…