In this post, we will be looking at how to wait on the Lord with faith and trust. We mortal beings at times it seems that waiting on the Lord gets harder and harder all because we are impatient.
But as we will see, the Bible reveals many blessings for those who persevere, and are willing to wait on the Lord with faith.
We live in a time of great convenience, loaded with instant gratification. We live in a fantasy world were we want things instantly! We see tomorrow as been too late!
With the increase in knowledge as mentioned in the book of Daniel, we live in modern times were we get results quickly thanks to information technology.
As a result of repaid growth in technology, we can get information and communicate instantly with many electronic gadgets and tools.
We have so many conveniences, huge flat TV screens, mobile phone device, super fast computers, internet connections, luxurious cars etc. These are all just man-made earthly possessions.
What does the Bible have to say about Faith and Trust in God?
The things that really matter in life do not come easily or quickly. This is where our faith and trust in God, or lack thereof, can lead us to greater things or to a path of destruction, regrets and suffering.
Unfortunately, since we have grown into getting what we want quickly, when opportunities, crisis, or situations that require great reflection is required – many hastily make decisions that they end up regretting rather than seeking God first and trusting Him for answers.
In most cases, many run and endless race when God does not provide an immediate response to their requests.
Many would rather take chances and gamble their money away with lottery tickets, aggressive day-to-day trading tactics, derivatives, and fraudulent get rich quick schemes, rather than having faith that God will provide, and trusting that He will make a way for us in the long run due to our obedience to His commandment.
We need to trust in God in times when we are making life changing decisions. Some many marry hastily instead of seeking and waiting on God for the right person, hence we see so many marriages ending in divorce today because they did not seek God or be patient with Him.
So many people make needless mistakes in life simply because they do not have the faith to trust that God will direct their paths, and even when they do, they do not have enough patience to wait on God to see them through.
It is in our human DNA to try to take matters into our own hands rather than having to wait for God to help resolve our problems or open doors of opportunity and blessings for us.
We fail to realize that the Lord requires us to exercise our faith in all we do, and it is faith in God, that proves to God that we really trust and believe in His sovereignty over all things, us included.
What does it mean to wait on the Lord?
Impatience almost always leads to big mistakes in life. God stands at our door and knocks, wanting us to demonstrate our faith in Him, so that He can offer us abundant blessings. It is better to wait in faith for years for God’s blessings in our life, than to make hasty decisions that can lead us to a life of misery and regret.
This sadly happens to too many people who in their old age look back with great regret due to their lack of faith and trust on the Lord, and the consequences thereof. Unfortunately this scenario plays out for too many people, generation to generation.
There are no shortcuts in life, and the straight and wide road almost always leads us to a dead end.
7 Things to do to wait on God
It is true that to wait and trust in God takes a lot of faith and patient. For you to truly wait on God with faith, you must:
1) Be patience enough
2) Humble yourself at all times
3) Have courage
4) Resist temptation from within and from others
5) Overcome the fear of failure
6) Resist trying to compete with others, and to overcome jealousy and covetousness
7) Resist the pleasures of this world
Remember that when we patiently wait with faith on the Lord, God rewards us with good things, we will receive the best that God has planned for us.
When we make hasty decisions through our lack of faith and trust in Him, we end up with suffering and regrets. The bible pretty much guarantees this as it is written in the book.
Why Does God Not Respond to our Needs or Requests at Times?
What many do not realize is that when we pray to God for something, it is very unwise to expect instant results or quick solutions from Him. It is not God’s job to serve us, it is our job to serve and honor Him.
Our faith and trust in Him and willingness to wait on Him separates His people from the others. Sometime we do not get what we pray for because it is not what God wants for us, or the timing is not right. Or perhaps God has other better plans for our life.
God may choose to take His time to heal us, clear the path for us, to open the doors for us, etc. Perhaps we are not getting what we want because God is trying to protect us from a future tragedy if He gives us what we want or desire.
And of course God may make us wait, to test our faith and trust in him. In Genesis we read how God tested Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by making them wait many years to receive their blessings. Of course God delivered, in His appointed time, and they were blessed abundantly – because of their faith and trust in Him.
If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could be so patient enough to wait so many years for God’s promises to come to pass, then should we in vanity expect instant answers, without God testing our faith and trust in him?
God will make a way in His time
God rewards those who patiently wait on him in faith with much better rewards than we can ever get on our own. God sees and knows our future and our potential.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Isaiah 43:19 – “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
When to Wait on the Lord and to Seek God’s Guidance:
Obviously we do not need to seek God’s guidance on our daily responsibilities. We are responsible for taking care of our ourselves, part of which requires us to eat a balanced diet.
We need to avoid things that leads us to sin. We need to take care of our families and loved ones.
If we pray for God to find us a job, and we just sit back without sending out resumes or networking for opportunities, well then most likely we will end up living in the street!
But we must seek God’s guidance in all major decisions in life such as marriage, buying new home, having children, resolving family crisis, dealing with sickness and diseases, handling marital problems, and other life changing events.
How to Wait on the Lord with faith and Trust?
The Bible says in Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The more we read the bible and seek to know God, the more that we will understand God and grow in the knowledge of Him.
This knowledge will gradually lead us closer to God, and eventually we will receive God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit in us, we will be able to hear the audible voice of God speaking to us in our heart and mind.
The more we fellowship with each other, the more we understand what we are like deep inside – and it is exactly the type of relationship God wants us to have with Him.
Bible Verses About Waiting on God with Faith
Now lets look at some important bible verses about waiting on God with faith and trust, and the incredible benefits & blessings of having faith and trust in Him.
Genesis 17:1 – “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.”
Here Abram (Abraham) was asked by God to walk faithfully, so that he could reap all of the blessings that God would promise him and his descendants as a result of his faith, and he would be tested several times to prove his faith in God.
Genesis 6:9 – “This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
Noah walked faithfully before God and only he and his family was spared from the great flood that ended all other life on earth.
Psalm 130:5 – “I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Numbers 12:7 – “But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust.”
God had chosen Moses to lead the Children of Israel (God’s people) to the promised land and one of his greatest traits was that he was very faithful.
Psalm 62:5 – “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
Deuteronomy 11:13 – “If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the LORD your God and serve him with all your heart and soul,”
Isaiah 64:4 – “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!”
This verse teaches us that God will respond to those who patiently wait on him no matter how long it takes.
Psalm 4:3 – “But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him”. Here God will set aside for Him those who are faithful.
James 5:7-8 – “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
Micah 7:7 – “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
Psalm 40:1 – “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”
Psalm 31:14 – “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!”
Psalm 37:7 – “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Isaiah 40:31 – “But they who wait for 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.”
Psalm 31:24 – “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!”
Philippians 4:6-7 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 33:20-22 – “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
Psalm 27:13-14 – “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:25 – “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
Isaiah 30:18 – “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Psalm 25:3 – “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause”
1 Peter 5:6-7 – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
Psalm 40:4 – “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods”
1 Chronicles 5:20 – “They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.”
James 5:11 – “Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
1 Samuel 2:9 – “He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails;”
1 Kings 9:4 – “As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations”
Daniel 6:23 – “The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den, and when Daniel was lifted out of the den, no wounds whatsoever were found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
Matthew 9:22 – “Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well. And the woman was healed at that moment.”
Mark 5:34 – “And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Romans 5:3-4 – “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,”
Matthew 17:20 – “He replied, Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Luke 5:20 – “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
Romans 12:3 – “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned”
Ephesians 3:17 – “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
Hebrews 11:6 – “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Revelation 17:14 – “With Jesus in heaven, will be the faithful!
We hope that you have been blessed by this topic on how to wait on the Lord. Let us wait upon the Lord with faith and trust in Him.