Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion . . . Blessed are all who WAIT for Him. (Isa 30:18 NIV, emphasis added)
What does the verse above mean when it talks about “waiting for the Lord”? I believe that it can refer to two different concepts. The first is about waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications. The second is about “waiting on God”—spending time in His presence and waiting to hear His voice and His wisdom.
In our previous blog article (Part 1), we covered the concept of waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications. Today, we focus upon the second idea of waiting on God.
When we wait on the Lord, we spend time in His presence. There are numerous ways to do that and most likely, you’re already familiar with some of them. We spend time in His presence when we:
- read the Bible,
- meditate upon His Word,
- praise and worship Him,
- attend Bible study and/or worship services,
- fellowship with other believers, and
- sit quietly waiting to hear His still, small voice.
Waiting on the Lord is time spent focused upon Him and the wisdom that He will impart to us. It is concentrated upon communion with our Savior and upon training a listening heart. In order to have a listening heart, we need a humble heart. A humble heart desires to please God, and has patience to wait for His direction and instructions.
(Please see the next blog posting for the final meditation on this subject.)