• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Waiting On The Clock or Waiting On The Lord

So, you pray, you believe, you hope and you look for a favorable outcome at some point in the near or not too distant future. In the meantime you wait. The question then becomes are you waiting on the clock or waiting on the Lord? Are you waiting to see what will happen, to see how things will turn out? Do you cease all activity and just focus on the situation or the need till it changes? Are you waiting for something to happen in the next hour, the next day, the next week…? Are you waiting for God to do something interventional or miraculous, out of the normal course of daily events?

Or are you waiting on the Lord as a servant waits on his master to do his bidding, to serve Him as a waiter would serve his restaurant station? Are you waiting on God as one who is being about His business, doing what is good for His purpose and desire to be realized?

Waiting on the clock can be tedious and stressful. This is not the waiting God summons us to do.

Waiting is a somewhat broad concept and knowing what the Scriptures tell us about it is vital to gaining the success we hope to achieve in realizing our prayers answered, particularly in matters of personal need or earnest desire in interceding for those we love.

There is waiting as in Numbers 8:24 where the Levites are said to wait upon the service of the Tabernacle. Their waiting was serving their various duties and responsibilities.

There is waiting that is a matter of simply being patient in the time it takes for things to unfold and develop, to come to fruition after their beginning has been initiated, as in planting seeds and waiting for the harvest in due time.

There is also waiting on the Lord “qawah” in Hebrew. (Isa. 40:31; Psalm 27:14)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

This is waiting with a fervent and confident expectation.

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

There is also waiting in hope. Not just hope but hope grounded in knowing the goodness of God to provide for everything He has created.

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.” Psalm 145:15

Finally there is waiting with fervent expectation and hope.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.” Psalm 130:5

The soul is subject to the buffeting of the world but God in us will always lift us up when we wait for Him and put our trust and anchor our hope in Him. That means anchoring our hope in His Word.

How do we do this? We speak to our souls. We encourage ourselves in the Lord.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” Psalm 43:5


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