I don’t know about you, but being patient and waiting are things I have always struggled with. I hate waiting. The suspense of not-knowing, and not-doing…it’s something really hard for me to do without complaining. My parents have always told me that waiting is a very important thing in life. I often think of the popular saying, “good things come to those who wait”.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned to my dad how hard it was to wait on The Lord to show me the direction he wanted me to take in my life. I’m a senior in high school this year and it seems like life has hit me so hard I’m having trouble recuperating. More often than not, I feel absolutely clueless about life and my future.
My dad said something that really left a lasting impression on me. It went like this: “When I was young, I used to be a waiter at Cracker Barrel. Your job as a waiter is not just to wait around for your customers to order their food, but you have to wait on them. Waiting for and waiting on are two different things. We need to learn that in life, we can’t just sit around and wait for God to do something in our lives. We need to actively wait on Him, and then we will see what He has in store for us. The key is to actively wait on the Lord.”
We so often think that we need to just sit still and wait for God to show His divine will for our lives. Waiting is not just a linking verb – it’s an action verb. It’s something we continually and actively need to do. If you look in your dictionary, the word “Waiting” has two different meanings. The first: a pause or a delay. The second: to serve.
Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
In this verse, it doesn’t seem like the word wait is being used to mean stop. In fact, the word “serve” or “follow” would make a lot of sense. It doesn’t seem like the word “stop” or “delay” makes as much sense. God wants you to wait on Him…actively. God wants us to serve Him. Waiting is really in a way serving. He deserves to have our undivided service, time, & energy. Waiting is hard; not just the waiting for God part, but also the waiting on God. It’s our human nature to live fast-paced, self-centered lives. God, on the other hand, wants us to live careful, selfless lives. I want to just briefly mention three ways we can actively wait on the Lord:
1) Actively pray
Part of waiting on the Lord is talking to Him. All lasting relationships consist of consistent communication. God wants to hear from us and we need to hear from Him. Prayer is a vital part of waiting on The Lord. He can only work through our life if we make an effort to have Him as the focus of our life. Prayer is the key to having a deeper relationship with The Lord.
2) Actively Study the Word of God
The key to getting something out of the Bible is to read it consistently. We need to actively read and study God’s Word. Just like God wants to hear from us, we need to hear from Him. God speaks to us through His word. For us to wait on Him, we must actively spend time reading His Word.
3) Actively serve in your church
God blesses those that are servants for Him.
Matthew 25:21 – His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
We need to learn to be good and faithful servants to The Lord. Do you want to do great things for The Lord someday? If you do, start serving Him in the small things today. When we give God the small things in our life, He’ll make them into big things. Remember the boy who gave his little lunch and Jesus fed 5,000 people with it? That could be you. Just give Him your small little talents and He’ll multiply them into huge blessings. Serve God in your church. Get involved. Waiting on Him starts now.
Are you willing to actively wait on The Lord?
Good things come to those who wait on The Lord.
Brittney Johnson is an ordinary girl serving her extraordinary Saviour. She lives in a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky where she reads, writes, and stays busy being involved in her church. She is a missionary’s daughter and loves traveling the world. She’s a very social person, who loves meeting new people, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.