The Power of Waiting

28 Sep

Just a quick thought for today:

If those who wait on the Lord are never put to shame…
If God avenges those who wait…
If He acts on behalf of those who wait…

…then there is power in the waiting. Waiting on the Lord, as weak and as foolish as it may feel, is the most effective, powerful thing we could do. I mean, seriously, looking at the list above, I can’t think of anything that would wreak more havoc against the kingdom of darkness than a bunch of believers waiting on God.

Waiting is not merely inaction. You can only “wait” if you expect something to happen. “Waiting” in line means I expect to get to the cash register at some point. “Waiting” on my friend at a coffee shop indicates that I’m planning on them actually showing up. Waiting implies hope for something yet to come. Sitting around, doing and thinking nothing, isn’t waiting. If I’m not aware of or interested in something happening, then I can’t be said to be waiting for it.

Waiting is not passive. Waiting is not stoic. It is an active summoning of our faith into who the Lord is and what He says He’s going to do. It encourages our hearts to keep asking, seeking, and knocking. It keeps hope alive in our hearts that there’s more to our life than what our eyes see. And God actually says that He responds with full zeal to those who will wait for Him. Waiting — the way we carry our hearts in the delay — is one of the most powerful things we can do.


Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “The Power of Waiting

  1. John Barker

    November 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I like the way you put this:
    “Waiting — the way we carry our hearts in the delay….”

    It’s like the moments when you come into the place of prayer, ready to speak to God and declare His glory, and the Spirit is tugging on your heart to just sit and wait. It’s the simplest thing to do, and I guess we should be glad to just rest there; but it really does feel awkward.


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