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Learning to “Wait on the Lord”

Have you ever been in a situation that forced you to wait?  No, redlights and department store lines don’t count! I remember waiting to receive my acceptance letter from College.  Maybe you have had loved ones in surgery and had to wait with other family members in hopes of success.  I’m sure each of you can bring to rememberance many areas and times in life where you were stuck waiting.  Were we really stuck? 

Many times in life I find myself pursuing my own way, sometimes foolishly forgetting to consult God before I make a decision.  Historically speaking this ALWAYS ends up being one more lesson session from my Loving God.

Below is an article that I recently read from Dr. Charles Stanley that shares many valuable benefits from learning to wait on the Lord.  I would love to get some feedback on what God has taught you in the waiting periods of your life. 

Why Wait?

Waiting on the Lord does not mean doing nothing. Oftentimes, a period of waiting means spending time actively seeking God’s will in prayer.

We wait where we are, doing what God says to do, until He intervenes or tells us to do something different. For instance, we usually shouldn’t quit our jobs before God leads us to new ones.

What are the Benefits of Waiting?

1. We discover God’s purpose for us.

Read Lamentations 3:25 and Romans 8:28. In what area of your life are you having difficulty trusting that God has good things for you?

Write a brief prayer, asking God to increase your faith to trust that He has something good for you in that difficult area.

God is not stringing us along to tantalize us. He is not saying, like earthly parents, “Well, we’ll see.” He promises to provide what we need, when we really need it.

2. We receive supernatural physical energy. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Actively waiting on God energizes us. When we wait on Him, He supplies us with supernatural physical strength.

When the Lord finally delivered David from the hands of his enemies, including Saul, David attributed his strength to the Lord, “For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me” (2 Samuel 22:40).

Describe a situation in which you were able to rely on the supernatural strength of the Lord for either physical or emotional energy. (If you haven’t experienced this, you may want to write a prayer asking God to show you how to depend on His energy.)

3. We win battles.

In Biblical times, manpower and horsepower usually determined the odds of success, humanly speaking. However, God’s criteria for success are different. Read Psalm 147: 10-11.

What natural talents or strengths do you tend to depend on instead of the Lord?

Why do you think waiting on God empowers us for victory?

4. We receive answers to our prayers.

Psalm 40:1 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.” Many times, God requires us to go through a season of waiting before He answers our prayers for provision, guidance, or healing. If we are unwilling to wait on God, we fall into sin—trying to meet our needs ourselves—or simply miss His timing. Either way, we won’t experience His best for our lives.

Think of a time when you became weary of waiting on God’s direction or His provision for your need. Did you wait patiently on Him, or did you rush ahead without His guidance or blessing? What was the outcome of your action?

5. We see the fulfillment of our faith. What do Isaiah 49:23 and Isaiah 64:4 promise to those who wait on God?

When others encourage us to forge ahead instead of waiting on God, we should remember that He will not let us down.

God Uses Waiting

While we wait, God may change circumstances, get us in step with Him, and prepare us for His answers. Think of a situation in which you had to wait on the fulfillment of a dream or desire and describe how God used the time you waited.

Waiting is not wasted time. No matter why we are waiting on the Lord, God will use the long pauses in our lives if we let Him. He is the God who “acts for the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).


Father, thank You for having a purpose and a plan for every season of my life. Help me wait patiently on Your best in every area of my life. Increase my trust that You will do something wonderful in my life if I submit to Your timing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

-Adapted from Charles Stanley’s Handbook for Christian Living. pp. 333-335. 1996.

  1. Michael Wallace
    July 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I really enjoyed your article on learning on how to wait for God’s precious time. It was truly insightful and convicting at the same time.

  2. January 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    What a wonderful message!!!
    Thanks for sharing…

  3. October 4, 2010 at 5:16 am

    This was a very helpful article. I’m at the “waiting” point in my life so to read this type of encouragement just letting me know its not for nothing is wonderful

  4. October 8, 2010 at 1:48 am

    God the Father knows best and His timing always reflects His love for us, even when we can’t see it in our circumstances! Praying for you to be patient and to see His love for you through this time of waiting!

  5. Patrice
    December 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    This Article was very helpeful to me .Thank You

  6. Bob
    July 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    OK, Lets get real and not too spirtual. Waiting is not fun especially if it’s a financial need that has a time limit on it. All kinds of fears swirl around in your head and you have to constantly fight fear and anxiety about the problem. Doubt also pops up and you find yourself doubting God’s promises at times. No waiting on the Lord is neither fun or an exciting adventure.

  7. August 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I stumble upon your article, searching the topic wait on the lord. Thanks I enjoy Charles Stanly also

  8. August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Right it’s not fun but God will use it productively for us to become like Christ and that will end up, long-term, being beneficial (maybe not “fun” since Jesus was crucified which is no “fun” but necessary for our salvation!

  9. August 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    That thought is keeping it real

  10. August 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    God Bless you Bob

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