“How long oh Lord?” I prayed. And waited.
And wondered. Could I endure the stormy
trials that seemed to have no end? How long
would I have to wait for God to answer my
prayers? For years, I thought wait referred
to a set time. Then I discovered the word
can also be translated as hope or trust.
A heart attitude, filled with hope and trust in God and the promises of his Word.
Knowing the sovereign God is the master controller of all things in our lives, empowers us to hold on a little longer. Trusting him to answer our prayers in his time, produces endurance. Hoping in the LORD always strengthens our heart.
In my brief study, I found ten ways to wait on the Lord.
1.Wait in Faithfulness – 1 Corinthians 10:13
2.Wait in Hope – Psalm 39:7
3.Wait in Confidence – Job 4:6
4.Wait in Praise – Psalm 86:12
5.Wait in Joy – Nehemiah 8:10
6.Wait in Grace – Ephesians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9
7.Wait in Peace – Mark 4:39
8.Wait in love – 1 John 4:10
9.Wait in patience – James 1:3
10.Wait in His Spirit – Ezekiel 36:26
While you are waiting for God to answer your prayers, put your hope in God. Trust his promises. Then you will have a strong courageous heart.
How do you wait on the Lord when your faith is tested?
Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage.
Psalm 27:14 NAS
Thank you Sweetie for making ‘waiting’ something to always look forward to with The Lord.
Yes, as we look forward together, the waiting is easier.
. . . and we’ll never be embarrassed if we choose to wait on Him, because He promises we will not be put to shame . . . He always shows up at the right time! Love the post and promises!
Yes, He always…never fails to, show up, be faithful, exalt His Word! Thanks for sharing Verna!
Hi Glenda, I have been learning this same lesson. Maybe this is the lesson that we continue to learn, at least for me. I appreciate your ministry. It is so on-time and encouraging. Lynda
Thanks Lynda. I appreciate you stopping by!
Thank you, Glenda. I needed that reminder at this time in my life!
Thanks for stopping by Diana!
Sometimes it seems like waiting is all I do… I know the Lord has a calling on my life and on the life of my husband, but there are days when my chest actually aches with the waiting. But this morning, during a reading time with our daughter (we’re reading through the Bible and using Eugene Peterson’s Message) EP talks about the book of Exodus and the 40 year sojourn as a time of blessing, not of punishment, because during that time, the Lord MATURED His people so that they would be better equipped for the abundance to come. Imagine what kind of nation they would have been if they’d come right out of the mindset of slavery and into the freedom of abundance! We hear about people every day who live in poverty, then win the lottery… then are back in poverty or even worse within a remarkably short period of time. I am seeing that sometimes we have to learn to fight for something to make if truly valuable.
The Message Bible reads like this in Romans 8:15-17:
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
So how do I wait? Suited up. Ready. Expectantly. Wait in anticipation.
Blessings, my friend!
Becky, I like that “message” from The message…well said. God does know we need those times of transition as we go from strength to strength, maturing us and teaching us to mix faith with His promises. There is sooo much to learn about the children of Israel during their 40 years of waiting. One thing they lacked, that we don’t…we have Christ within us…our hope of glory! He is here in the now…for that we do not have to wait. Praise God for his all sufficient strength that comes as we fully trust, hope, and expect Him to act on our behalf!
Thanks for sharing today. God bless and encourage you as you wait on Him.
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I really enjoyed this, Glenda. Thank you for the list of “wait” verses. They are powerful. I really enjoyed your prayer, too.
Laura, don’t we have a wealth in God’s promises and power as we wait on Him. Thanks be to God for His precious Word. Thanks dear friend for stopping by and sharing.
God bless you today!
Beautiful post. You make waiting seem like a privilege and blessing, not a chore. Thanks for the uplift.
Thanks for your encouraging words, Char! When I remember that waiting is a heart attitude of trust and anticipation rather than a set time, it is easier to see it as a privilege and blessing. I must confess though, there are times I forget to see it that way. Thanks for stopping by!
I think we all have times we forget. That’s why it’s nice to read reminders like yours. Thanks again.
And thank you Char!
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