When we practice the art of waiting for God, we are seeking God’s will, His guidance and His direction before any human aid is pursued. When an unexpected issue arises or whenever there is an important decision to be made, we pause and we seek God’s will for us in that particular situation. We do not proceed until we receive direction from God. Rather than using prayer as a last resort, prayer, turning to God and seeing what His Word has to say become our first response!
A. Waiting “For” God, Not Waiting “On” God
- “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:31, AMPC)
- We must wait “for” God, not wait “on” God. When we wait for God, we expect, look for, and hope in Him. We have an earnest expectation that when we turn to God for counsel and direction, we will hear from Him.
- Living a life of waiting for God is to live a life of rest. We enter into the rest of the finished works of Jesus Christ when we believe the solution to the issue is already available and at hand.
- “Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7, AMPC)
- Resting in the Lord does not mean inactivity; it simply means that we are at rest while we do whatever we need to do. Our rest is found in our trusting God and relying upon Him working on our behalf.
B. Let The Peace Of God Guide You
- “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” (Colossians 3:15, AMPC)
- When waiting for God, one of the most frequent questions is, “How can I make sure that what I’m hearing is really from God? How do I tell the difference between receiving direction from God and something simply coming from my own mind?” The answer is that we must be in His Word. The more time we spend in the Word of God, the more are we attuning ourselves to hearing His Voice. Our mind is like a radio dial: what we focus on the most, we become receptive to. Focusing on God’s Word attunes us to hearing His Voice.
- Another way to make sure what we are hearing is coming from God is to let the peace of God act as umpire in our hearts, deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise. God will never lead us out of His peace. This means we can measure by how much peace we have regarding a certain action whether or not we are moving in the direction of God’s will for us. Even when God tells us to do something difficult, He will always supply us with the peace to do it.
- “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)
- “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
- What the world considers peace is not peace; it is merely the temporary suspension of conflict. The peace that comes from Jesus however is peace independent of circumstances. We can have His peace even in the midst of challenges. This comes out of our fellowship with Him.
- The peace we receive from Jesus is our most valuable asset. If something costs us our peace, it is too expensive.
C. Live In An Earnest Expectation Of Seeing God’s Goodness
- “[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!” (Psalm 27:13, AMPC)
- We must be convinced and have an earnest expectation that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living! God does not want us to wait until Heaven before we experience His blessings, He wants us to be blessed right here and right now. It is from this earnest expectation of good that we wait, hope for, and expect the Lord.
- “Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14, AMPC)