A challenge for many of us is the instruction to “wait for the Lord.” Waiting can be a hugely difficult challenge.
The word “wait” means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. Waiting requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.
Here are only three Bible verses about waiting for the Lord:
In the path of your justice, Lord, we wait for you; with all our being, we long for your name and your acclaim. (Isa 26:8 CEB)
Notice that we wait for the Lord IN THE PATH OF HIS JUSTICE! With every fiber of our being, we long to bring glory and honor to the Lord’s Name.
O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. (Isa 33:2 MEV)
In this Scripture verse, Isaiah reminds the Lord that he has waited for the Lord. He asks for the Lord’s strength every day, and for salvation in times of trouble. We know that the Lord heard and answered those prayers.
Therefore be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (Jam 5:7-8 NASB)
In the book of James, we’re reminded to be patient and wait for the Lord. We’re reminded of the patience of the farmer, who waits for the harvest of the seeds he planted. We are encouraged to be patient, just like that farmer. And we are encouraged that the Lord’s deliverance is close at hand. Be strong and steadfast; hang on!