Wait On the Lord

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

That verse contains one of the major challenges in Christendom. It is counter to our microwave mentality, our search for instant gratification. I even saw a prestige car tag: “HTE2WTE”.

Even in one’s prayer life there is impatience. We ask and wait for an answer. An affirming answer is a blessing. However, the time between the request and the answer often draws us closer to the Lord than the answer.

“Wait” translates the Hebrew “kiwah.” It is a word that draws a picture for us. It describes starting with one thread and weaving it with sequential threads until a strong rope results.  Every experience with the Lord is a thread in the tie that binds you closer to Him. The time of waiting is a school in which faith is developed and exercised while waiting for all things to work together.

We are instructed to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4: 8) There are many ways to do that. I am going to focus on one. He said, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46: 10)

Solitude is the incubator in which the fertile Word of God has time to develop Christlike characteristics. Fenelon, a voice from yesteryear wrote: “How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.”

We are indeed in His keeping, under His training FOR HIS TIMING. His timing is always the right time. Often our timing and His timing are not always in sync.

God’s Word speaks often of time. Consider. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1).


Faith that is willing to wait on God is assuring, insuring, and enduring.

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up.

Faith helps us walk fearlessly, run confidently, and live victoriously.

The Lord wants to enable you to stretch yourself spiritually and expand the circumference of your faith. The time spent waiting expectantly on His action is a means of doing so. While waiting on Him “be of good courage.” The English word courage comes from the Latin “cour” which is a reference to the condition of the heart. Those who wait on the Lord find He does indeed afford strength. This is a metaphor for confidence and composure.

The prophet Jeremiah got it right when under the guidance of the Holy Spirit he wrote: “For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64: 4).

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”