Written By: Greg Williams
I’ve been pondering the phrase, “waiting on the Lord,” and have been praying that God would give me understanding into how to best do this. I’m not just talking about waiting on God’s direction in a particular area of life (decisions, opportunities, challenges, etc.). I’m talking about immersing myself and my family with a focus on the greatness of our God and all that He has for us. It is with that focus and attitude of worship that we strive for Him to guide us in all things. I feel like I’m not alone on this journey of waiting on the Lord. Many of us know and can quote the Scripture passage from Isaiah 40.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV)
This passage has brought much inspiration and reassurance to me over the years. However, lately I have tried to dig into the passage a little deeper to glean some new insights into this timeless truth from God’s Word. Let me share three thoughts with you in hopes that they will help to strengthen your walk with the Lord.
Waiting starts with ADORATION. We must acknowledge God’s greatness, and, additionally, surrender our lives to His glory. This may seem easy in some respects. However, let me encourage you…it is not a one-time act, but rather an ongoing lifestyle. I know how hard that really can be when the rubber meets the road in life’s more challenging seasons. Whether we are on the road of suffering, or things seem to be humming along, we are to bless the Lord with all of who we are…for His renown, and for His glory.
Waiting continues with ABIDING. We abide in Him as the well-spring of our existence. He sustains us, and in Him we find our strength. Proverbs 18:10 reminds us that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe.” In the happiest of times, or when life seems to be at its lowest point, we are to continually pull close to the Lord Jesus. We are to praise Him at all times (Psalm 34:1), giving thanks to Him on the mountaintops, and pleading for His guidance to navigate the storms of life when we find ourselves in the valleys. I am thankful for those who have written songs like Never Once, Sovereign Over Us, and You Never Let Go. Singing expressions like these, as well as hymns like It Is Well with My Soul and Great Is Thy Faithfulness have helped me to exhibit “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” I sing out of obedience to God’s Word, to receive joy, but I also sing because of the joy set within me as a result of Christ’s work in my life. Praise His holy name!
Waiting is ACTIVE. It is not passive, but an ongoing and continual process. Just like the youth Isaiah described in this passage, sometimes we are running, and other times we are walking, but all of the time, we are moving. We cannot allow ourselves to become stagnant, stale or stationary. If we do, then we may delay or miss the promise found in this passage and so many others throughout Scripture.
Waiting on the Lord is not always easy, but practicing this will give evidence of our obedience to God’s call on our lives, and there is a sweet reward awaiting us there. May we wait on Him!
In closing, I hope to see you this September in Orlando at the 2016 Experience Conference. If you’ve not yet signed up, go ahead and register today.