Christians, have you ever been advised to wait on the Lord for something? I have said it before, advised it, even done it myself. Recently I was listening to a song (Wait on You-Elevation Worship) about waiting on the Lord and I felt like God showed me a new way of looking at the reality of waiting on Him.
We have a cordless rechargeable vacuum. It is great, handy, and extremely functional. The only potential drawback versus traditional corded vacuums is that it has to be charged up and the battery can run out, and then you have the potential to not finish the job. Thankfully the charging station is set up in a way that you just store the vacuum in the charger so when it is not in use, it is constantly plugged in and always recharging.
We were using the vacuum for a specific project in another part of the house and so instead of returning it to the charger I just laid it on the ground. It was through this action that God showed me that there is a difference. In both instances the vacuum is waiting to be used, but in only one instance is it being recharged.
I have heard the verses in Isaiah quoted so many times, that it just becomes something you almost don’t listen to because you know what it says: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV). That sounds great, but when you have been waiting for any length of time, the idea of waiting on the Lord begins to fall on deaf ears. Day after day, week after week, month after month and sometimes year after year, you can be waiting and wondering why it does not feel like you are renewing your strength, but it feels more like you are at the end of your strength.
When you are serving God, you will often find yourself waiting, that is not uncommon at all. The choice we have as Christians is how we wait on God. I have been through years of waiting on God, in multiple different seasons, scenarios, and situations. I have found myself weak and exhausted and I have found myself at peace and encouraged, and the difference was HOW I was waiting.
Waiting ON God is waiting IN Faith. God will often give you directions or a promise. When we wait on God, we hold that promise as it has already come to pass and that we are just waiting for the reality of His promise to manifest. When we do this, we do not question how or if something will come to pass, we patiently expect it to come and we do not worry or wonder, but we accept His timing and will and wait patiently for the Lord. We also must not be anxious about anything. If God has said it, it is as good as done, but that does not mean we see the results immediately, but often it means we have peace about waiting for them to come to pass.
Renewing our strength often is associated with a renewing of the enduring Spirit. We should feel rejuvenated, invigorated, encouraged, and confident that we will finish. God’s will is being accomplished, so we need to submit to and come in agreement with His timing and His plan. Often we can feel a fluctuation day to day as we begin to understand how to wait on God. One day we are confident and focused and the next day we are tired and defeated, the difference is one day we are in the charger and the next day we are somewhere else.
As Christians we go through tests and trials that build us up and increase our capacity to wait on God. We should be building a testimony that encourages us of our past times of waiting on God, how He worked it out, and how we can trust Him to work this out. Time after time, trial after trial, test after test, we press on, we make it through, we build our testimony. In the book of Revelation it talks about how we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. The blood is the ability, the testimony is the encouragement. The blood gives us grace, redemption, anointing, grace. Our testimony encourages our flesh, you have seen it before you’ll see it again.
In closing, I encourage you to wait on the Lord. Find your place where you are at peace, in the midst of the storm, test, trial, tribulation, whatever you are facing. If God has shown you a promise, a place, a person, a position, and then told you to wait, wait on Him. As you wait, you should feel renewed, you should feel at peace, you should be confident in WHO God is and WHAT He said He will do. Many of the Bible greats had to wait years, some decades, some a lifetime to see the fulfillment of the promises God made to and through them, but they all have come to pass. We can trust in His character, His Word, His timing, His ability, His desire, and His plan for our lives, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Wait on God!
Father God, I pray that anyone who is weak or weary, would be lead back into Your presence where there is protection, provision, guidance, encouragement, and strength for their journey. I pray that as they wait on You, you renew their strength, You build them up, You fill them with Your patience and peace. When You say something, we can take it as DONE, and we can wait with patient expectation for the fulfillment to come to pass, in Jesus Name, AMEN! Thank you Jesus!
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11 AMP)
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:11-12 NIV)
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord. (Psalm 27:14 AMP)
He gives power to the weak. And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 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 40:29-31 NKJV)