So when the Bible tells me that waiting is a valuable exercise for spiritual growth, I squirm a little. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;…” Psalm 37:7 (NIV) . That does not come easy for me. Maybe that is true for you as well. But waiting is a key activity in God’s world. I think because what God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for.
But biblical waiting is not the stand-in-line, bored-to-tears kind of waiting. It is in reality a very active waiting. We must learn both the value of active waiting and how to best exercise it in our lives.
In Isaiah 40, verse thirty-one, we read, “those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.” I invite you to join me in learning more about how best to exercise this valuable spiritual quality of waiting upon the Lord.
- What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for.
- Waiting on the Lord is a confident, disciplined, expectant, active, and sometimes painful clinging to God.
- Biblical waiting is a daily decision that says, “I will trust You, and I will obey You. Even though the circumstances of my life are not turning out the way I want them to, and may never turn out the way I would choose. I am betting everything on You. I have no plan B.”
- Wait by Exercising Patient Trust.
- Wait by Exercising Confident Humility.
- Wait by Exercising Expectant Hope.