â€œBe still before the LORD and wait patiently for Himâ€ (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: â€œAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughtsâ€ (Isaiah 55:9); courageously: â€œBe strong and courageous, all you who hope in the LORDâ€ (Psalm 31:24); and patiently: â€œI waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cryâ€ (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.Â This is where waiting gets difficult for me.Â I want an answer from Him NOW.Â 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.Â I want to apply them more and more in my life:
Courageously: Paul said in Acts 27:25, â€œSo keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.â€ â€œWait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lordâ€ (Psalm 27:14).
Expectantly:Â â€œIn the morning . . .Â I lay my requests before You and wait in expectationâ€ (Psalm 5:3); â€œWe wait in hope for the LORD; for He is our help and our shieldâ€ (Psalm 33:20); â€œBut as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear meâ€ (Micah 7:7).
Patiently: â€œBut if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patientlyâ€ (Romans 8:25); â€œBe still before the LORD and wait patiently for Himâ€ (Psalm 37:7).
Quietly: â€œIt is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORDâ€ (Lamentations 3:26).
Trusting: â€I wait for You, O LORD; You will answer, O LORD my Godâ€ (Psalm 38:15);Â â€œI will wait for the LORD . . . I will put my trust in Himâ€ (Isaiah 8:17).
Standing on God‘s Word: â€œI wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my trustâ€ (Psalm 130:5); â€œYes, LORD, walking in the way of Your laws, we will wait for Youâ€ (Isaiah 26:8).
Steadfastly: â€œHe will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting the LORDâ€ (Psalm 112:7); â€œYou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind in stayed on You, because he trusts in Youâ€ (Isaiah 26:3).
We must be stillâ€”this is not wasting time, but a deliberate act of faithâ€”till He gives further instructions.
Â 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. â€“from Streams in the Desert