Waiting on God
There are several principles that followers of Jesus Christ can learn in the Scriptures, and the concept of waiting on God is one principle that is crucial for spiritual growth. It is so essential that in several passages in the Bible, we are mandated to wait on the Lord. In the continuation of His teaching mission through the hosts of your favorite podcast, Holy Spirit presented this topic for discussion in this last verse of our 3rd Chapter.
As important as this principle is in the life of one who’s decided to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it can sometimes seem confusing–possibly through the subtle attacks of the enemy of our souls or a lack of proper understanding concerning this vital Biblical concept.
What does it truly mean to “wait on the Lord”? Is there a right or wrong way to wait? What does the waiting process entail? Does it impact the life of a follower of Jesus Christ? What do the hosts of your favorite podcast do when they are waiting on the Lord?
Only the Verity found in the Word of God can answer all these questions and so much more.
TSV family! Grab your Bibles, and open up your journals. It’s time to feast on the Verity that is the Word of God.
- Discuss the concept of waiting on the LORD and how that impacts the life of a Christian. — 13:15
- Name three obstacles that may hinder us from waiting on God and how we can overcome these obstacles.— 43:51
- What do you do when you’re waiting on the LORD?— 1:12:49
TSV family! Waiting on the Lord is hoping for the manifestation of His promises as we walk through life and its challenges while obeying His revealed will as found in the Verity that is the Word of God.
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning —Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.”.” ~ Psalms 130: 5 &6, NKJV (Emphasis added.)
In the above verse, the Psalmist states, “in His word I do hope.” So, as followers of Jesus Christ, not just by title but in action, we must have an intimate knowledge of the revealed will of God as found in the 66 books of the Bible and continuously engage His indwelling Spirit to enlighten the eyes of our feeble understanding.
Our sovereign God emphasizes the need for such knowledge, especially during waiting seasons, in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Emphasis added.)
Be still—stop worrying, having anxiety, and engaging in frantic activity. Acknowledge His sovereignty—recognize that He is the Creator; we are the created.
In Isaiah 46:10, He declares that His purpose will stand, and a few chapters down in Isaiah 55:11, He proclaims that His Word will never return to Him void but will accomplish what He pleases and shall prosper in the thing for which He sent it.
Brothers and Sisters, an intimate knowledge of our sovereign God, allows us to hope in His Word, which should help us not just in waiting on Him but also in how we wait with obedience and submission to His will—not our will or the will of our Spiritual leaders, friends, family, or even our parents, if they are not in alignment with His will.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Bible tells us, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” NKJV (Emphasis added)
As followers of Jesus Christ, we should always have a grateful heart, but no better time to express our gratitude in praise and worship than in a waiting season because it demonstrates a posture of humility, surrender, thankfulness, trust, and belief in our sovereign God.
Whatever obstacles may attempt to hinder us from properly waiting on our sovereign God, Hebrews 12:1 & 2 offers a path for us to follow: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Emphasis added.)
If we find yourself in a “holding pattern”, let the stories of those who waited on the Lord encourage us:
— Abraham and Sarah waited for 25 years.
— Noah waited 120 years.
— Mary and Martha waited for three days.
TSV family! As we close out this third season of your favorite podcast and step into a waiting season, we are grateful for your continued support and prayers.
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” ~ Psalms 27:14 NKJV (Emphasis added)
All His blessings!
If you are reading this but don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and feel led to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to do so, today.