|One of the greatest characteristics of a follower of Christ is that of being a “lifelong learner.” The call to come to Jesus is a call to learn from Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30).
One of the most important characteristics of a Christ-learner is learning to wait on the Lord. Now this call to wait on the Lord does not mean sitting around and doing nothing. It is not like waiting in the checkout line at the store or waiting for someone to show up for a meeting, where we tend to grow impatient and begin counting the time as it ticks away. In our culture, waiting is associated with wasted time. In God’s culture, waiting is often a learning experience.
When we wait on the Lord, we are learning to live according to His timing, and not our own. We learn to focus on Him, to listen to His voice. The call to wait on the Lord is a call to wait in faith and expectancy, placing our hope in Him and not in ourselves. Ultimately, to wait on the Lord is to declare, “Lord, I trust You completely.”
A few of the promises to those who wait on the Lord:
- He will renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31);
- He will strengthen our hearts (Psalm 27:14);
- He will exalt us (Psalm 37:34);
- He will hear our cry, lift us out of the muddy pit we are in, and give us a new song of praise (Psalm 40:1-3).
- But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;
- They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
- They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)