Waiting is the hardest part.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
We quote this verse often, but in reality, do we really believe it? Are we willing to wait, or are we in such a hurry that we wait a second and move on. Waiting on God is a sound strategy for spiritual warfare and living. When Jesus was getting ready to ascend into Heaven his final command was “wait.” More specifically this can be found in the first chapter of the Book of Acts.
Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
See, there Jesus told them to wait, but he told them they weren’t just waiting for the sake of waiting. Waiting on God is never just a delay, it is always connected to Strength and Power. Isaiah tells us it renews us, and Jesus said it brings the power of the Holy Spirit.
David speaks of waiting on the Lord in Psalm 37.
“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.”
Here David teaches that there is an inheritance for those who wait on the Lord. If you keep reading the passage it compares those who wait on the Lord with the wicked. Good things are listed as the inheritance for those who wait on the Lord, but repeatedly it says the wicked will be cut off. This theme is also seen in Psalm 25
“Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.”
There is a blessing in waiting on the Lord. It gives you the power, the strength, and the ability to win the battle that he has called you to. He is the one who sustains you, and not you yourself. Remember the cautionary tale of Saul. Saul was instructed to wait on the Lord, but he didn’t He was hasty and impatient.
I will summarize a large portion of this story, but if you want to read it for yourself It can be found in 1st Samuel 13 starting in verse 8. The basic gist of the Problem is that Samuel said he would return in 7 days and then make sacrifice before the Israelites go off to battle. But 7 days later, Samuel wasn’t there so Saul decides he must make the sacrifice himself so that the Israelite people aren’t destroyed by their enemies.
Literally as soon as he does it, Samuel shows up. Samuel is visibly upset and asks Saul about it. Saul explains. It is at this point in the story where you will notice Saul is speaking our of his fears and not his faith. He didn’t fully wait on the Lord because he was afraid the Philistines would come and attack. Now lets pick up the actual story with verse 13. Samuel tells Saul the consequences of his inability to wait.
Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. “But now your kingdom shall not endure. The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”
1st Samuel 13:13-14
Look at this, If he had waited on the Lord, Saul’s Kingdom would have been established FOREVER. But, in his impatience he did not wait, and His kingdom was taken from Him, and this is the moment where God foretells the Kingship of David, The man after His own heart.
This is why we need to be diligent to wait on the Lord. Look at the difference. The Disciples followed the command to wait, and experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and subsequently the formation of the Christian Church. I think it would be a no-brainer, yet most of us suffer from Saul syndrome.
We think we know what needs to be done. Many of us are even doing Good things. Things for God, but we aren’t waiting for His time. We run ahead and doing God’s work our way. We all know its bad to do our own thing, our own way. But many of us seem to be ok with doing God’s thing our way. This never works out. We need to be faithful to wait on the Lord. Wait for his power, His strength, and His plans to come.
If we do this, we will see exponential results, and we will see the work endure even beyond our own lifespans.