Most of the time we associate waiting with inactivity. It’s a passive thing that we do in between the bouts of the “real stuff” of life. When we want to go on a ride at Disneyland, we wait. When we are hungry, we wait for the food to be prepared. When we eager for an answer, we wait until we receive it.
Scripture, however, makes it clear that waiting on the Lord is something proactive. When we don’t know where to go, we wait for Him to tell us. This isn’t downtime – this is time to reexamine whether our full trust is in Him. This is the time where we cast our burdens – a very active event – because we know He will sustain us. We give Him our cares and we take on His yoke because we know He loves us and His yoke is light. This is where our strength is renewed, and through His strength we rise up as on eagle’s wings.
The reason all of this is true is because during our time of waiting, God is still working. Isaiah 64:4 makes this clear when it states:
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for Him. (emphasis added.)
We’re waiting – God’s doing the work. He’s arranging details, aligning plans, and making provisions to give His children exactly what they need. He’s working things out for His intended purpose – for our good and His glory – even when it seems like nothing is happening at all.
And no one can do greater things than our God. So while we wait, we also hope for we know He is good, He is mighty, and He has a plan.
How have you seen God work while you wait?