Have you probably asked yourself or a fellow Christian, “What does it really mean to wait on God? Or, “what does waiting on the Lord entail?” As Christians, we have heard over and over again the importance and benefits of waiting on God. Isaiah 40:31 is almost a cliche now and we know from our songs and from our pulpits that those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and mount up with wings as eagles.
It is good to know all about the benefits of waiting on the Lord but if you do not practically carry out the act, then it only remains as ‘head knowledge’ with no experiential relevance. We will look into this all important subject and it is my prayer that as we go through this outline together, the Spirit of the Lord will grant you the understanding, revelation and insight into this sacred act and also impart into you, the ability to wait on Him. Let’s get started…
Why Wait on God?
Let us review where the topic at hand originates from. In Isaiah 40:29-31 KJV, the Scripture says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.“
In the above scripture, some key words and phrases stand out; power, faint, weary, no might, strength etc. These are very important in helping us understand why we need to wait on the Lord in the first place. In my previous article, Made to Soar, I give a little insight into our heavenly origin as Christians. Please do well to check it out. Though we are on earth, our citizenship is in Heaven.
In our Heavenly Kingdom, there is no weariness, no lack of energy, there is nothing to cause you to faint. But our physical location (i.e. on earth) introduces all these negative situations. I recall the words of a dear brother; “It is easy to be afire for God when you are in school, but when you are out in the world and are faced with all the challenges and responsibilities of a career and family, the zeal for the Lord and the ministry dies down.”
Unfortunately, this is the case for a lot of Christians, who at a time in the past, were literally set on fire for the work of ministry but do not have the same testimony in their present circumstances. A deeper look into such stories will reveal that the fervency they had in seeking the Lord gradually dwindled with time.
Career goals and ambitions, raising a family, changing residential locations, making new friends, falling into difficult situations and countless other reasons can be the cause of people losing their energy for the things of God. Our very nature as God’s children means that, our life’s source, our satisfaction and fulfillment originates from God. No wonder Jesus said that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4).”
What the Lord meant was that, the life in us is sustained and nourished by the Word of God and not just by food. So as we shift focus from the Word of God and redirect it in the pursuit of other things, we starve ourselves and begin to lose energy. This eventually makes us weary and lose our fervency in the things of God.
…the life in us is sustained and nourished by the Word of God and not just by food.
The negative effect of this is not only seen in our spiritual lives but in our physical bodies as well. Focusing on things other than the Word of God makes the body susceptible to all forms of weaknesses and diseases. The word of God is life to the flesh of God’s people.
Aside the distractions and temptations of normal life, being in the world is enough trouble on its own. Many at times, we are weighed down by all the evil, the pain, and terrible things that happen in the world. There are emotional and spiritual burdens that accompany the seeing and hearing of these terrible happenings in our world.
Mostly, we do not even go hunting for such news but the ease of information flow in our world today makes it difficult to avoid them. They are brought right to us. These things make us weary and cause us to faint. Some Christians even give up on humanity when they hear some of the horrible things people do to one another.
There are emotional and spiritual burdens that accompany the seeing and hearing of these terrible happenings in our world.
If you consider all we have discussed so far, we put ourselves in a very difficult situation if we do not learn to wait on God. The heat in this world, if we allow it, can burn the life out of us. Hence, waiting on God is not an option. It is also not a one-time action but something we do as part of our daily lives.
...waiting on God is not an option.
We should desire to understand what it means to really wait on God and to pursue it. When we develop ourselves in this holy activity, we preserve ourselves and make it possible for the light of God’s life in us to shine, even in a morally dark and corrupt world.
In our next article(s), we shall discuss how to practically wait on God; things to do while waiting on God, and how to take advantage of the free blessings our Heavenly Father has made available to those who wait on Him.
Look out for “The Excellencies of Waiting on God II” and if you have been blessed by this article, please do well to share (using the social media buttons below) to lift up a fellow saint in the Lord. Peace be with you always.
©Prince A. Poku. June 2020