HOW ARE WE TO WAIT UPON GOD?

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).

 

Waiting upon God means we pause for further instructions from Him; we trust Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

It also means that we submit to His sovereign ways by faith: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9); courageously: “Be strong and courageous, all you who hope in the LORD” (Psalm 31:24); and patiently: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).

We may be tempted to move ahead on our own initiative; but we make a deliberate decision of faith to stand firm and wait until the Lord gives us specific direction.  This is where waiting gets difficult for me.  I want an answer from Him NOW.  He is teaching me this discipline in baby steps.

Here are some steps from Dr. Charles Stanley that I trust will be helpful to both you and me.  I want to apply them more and more in my life:

Courageously: Paul said in Acts 27:25, “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.” “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

Expectantly:  “In the morning . . .  I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3); “We wait in hope for the LORD; for He is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20); “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7).

Patiently: “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25); “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).

Quietly: “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:26).

Trusting: ”I wait for You, O LORD; You will answer, O LORD my God” (Psalm 38:15); “I will wait for the LORD . . . I will put my trust in Him” (Isaiah 8:17).

Standing on God‘s Word: “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my trust” (Psalm 130:5); “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of Your laws, we will wait for You” (Isaiah 26:8).

Steadfastly: “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting the LORD” (Psalm 112:7); “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind in stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

We must be still—this is not wasting time, but a deliberate act of faith—till He gives further instructions.

 O praying soul, be still, be still,

He cannot break His promised Word;

Sink down into His blessed will,

And wait in patience on the Lord. –from Streams in the Desert