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What does it mean to wait for the Lord? We hear an awful lot about waiting on God! We say it to people all the time! Wait and see what the Lord says to you! Wait, God will bring the right person into your life! But what does it really mean to be waiting on the Lord?

The Bible speaks often about it, especially in the Psalms. For example, Psalm 27:14 says:

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” KJV

What we often don’t realize however, is that the various words for “wait” or “waiting” sometimes have different meanings and are in fact different words in the original languages. So what does it really mean for the Christian to wait on God?

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What Does it Mean to Wait for the Lord? Really!

In our earlier reference of Psalm 27:14, the word “wait” is translated from the Hebrew word “qavah”  and it means, according to Strong’s Concordance:

To hope in, look for, expect, eagerly look for, lie in wait for

According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia found on Blue Letter Bible:

The most important and frequent use of the word “wait” is to define the attitude of a soul God-ward. It describes eager anticipation and yearning for the revelation of truth and love as it is in the Father.” (Emphasis Mine)

This ‘waiting on the Lord’ is not a ‘sitting around, twiddling your thumbs’ kind of waiting. This is a waiting with eager expectancy. This is a waiting that has action behind it. That action is the exercise of faith in eager anticipation!

When a woman is pregnant we say she is “expecting”. She has to “wait” for nine months but she does so actively, expecting a specific result…a baby. She prepares. There is a knowledge that in due time her baby will arrive. She is not just passively sitting around thinking “well, I will just sit here and see if it happens”.

Are we waiting with anticipation or are we waiting with a “we’ll see” kind of posturing?


 

Waiting on the Lord – He Shall Strengthen Thine Heart

In Psalm 27:14 we see it says:

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart…”

The Hebrew for strengthen here is “‘amats” and Strong’s Concordance defines it as:

Be strong, alert, courageous, brave, stout, bold, solid, hard

Catch that? Be alert and courageous! Be brave, strong and solid!

It says to be alert! It implies without fear!

In other words, when you are waiting on the Lord are you doing it with faith, knowing God will act on your behalf, whether that results in what YOU want or not?

You see, many times when we are waiting for God to act, we fear because we worry He won’t do things the way WE want! If we trust and put our faith in the fact that if God acts according to His will it is always best, we won’t fear the outcome.

What does it mean to wait for the Lord?  

It means we need to wait expectantly, knowing God WILL act and in faith without fear knowing He will act according to HIS will.

What Does it Mean to Wait for the Lord?- It Means Believing You’ve Already Received It

Mark 11:24 says:

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” NIV

When we wait on the Lord expectantly, we are believing we have already received it! We are waiting with faith!

The word “believe” is the Greek word “pisteuō” and means:

To place confidence in, to think to be true, to trust God is able, to entrust a thing to one

Are we entrusting our needs to God and trusting He is able? Whenever we pray according to God’s will, we can rest in the knowledge that God will answer!

It is when we pray according to OUR will instead of His that we have problems!


God’s Will, Not Ours

We should always align our wants and our will with God’s. Yes, we are human and that doesn’t always happen but that should be the goal.

When we do that, we can wait with expectancy!

How do you know you are praying according to His will?

Study the Word! The Word will always direct your steps and you will know the will and the heart of God through it!

It is then we can be waiting on the Lord with expectancy and in faith knowing what we are waiting for is not out of alignment with His will and His Word!

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FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS IN LIFE

SCRIPTURES ON PEACE – 5 VERSES TO PRAY IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Michele Morin
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    I’ll miss you, but absolutely know we all need time away from our screens! I’ll be away for the next ten days as well. Summer blessings to you!

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    Barbara H.
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    I love thinking of waiting on God as active expectation as you’ve described, not just nervous hoping and fidgeting.

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    I’m not very good at this: “When we wait on the Lord expectantly, we are believing we have already received it!” so thanks for the encouragement to walk in faith more. My word for the year is “hope” and that goes right along with what you’re sharing. Thanks, Diane.

    Laurie
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    Thank you for your post on “waiting”. I learn something new every time I read one of your posts. We wait for God expectantly, but it is also true that He waits for us!

    Rebecca Hastings
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    Waiting with anticipation, fully believing He has already answered with our best in mind is something I long for! Tweeted 🙂

    Susan Nelson
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    I love this. I will wait expectantly for the Lord! God bless you for the words He gives you to encourage so many.

    AprilNelson25
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    AprilNelson25

    Wonderful encouragement this Wednesday morning Diane!! Waiting on the Lord, yes I will wait expectantly in His name!!

    ArynTheLibraryan
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    ArynTheLibraryan

    Waiting on the Lord is a very active thing. I didn’t always understand that, (and still don’t, sometimes!) but im learning.

    Enjoy your summer!

    Jennifer
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    This post about what it means to wait on the Lord was something I needed. I have been waiting for healing for over 3 years. God revealed to me 2 years ago that breakthrough is coming. I hold on to that message on the lowest of my days. One day God’s promise will happen. I don’t have a clue what the breakthrough will look like and that is scary and exciting! I know that He is preparing me for His will in my life. Until that day, I am waiting on the Lord!

    Thank you for this post!

    Lauren Renee Sparks
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    Thanks for breaking down this lesson. Praying you receive much during your time away. laurensparks.net

    perfectingtruth101
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    This is such an important post; you have made so many good points. I can definitely relate to waiting on God but fearing He won’t work things out the way “I” want Him to. I had to face facts about that and choose to trust His will in every situation. Not always easy, but that’s where bringing my heart and mind under subjection comes in. Thank you for sharing this! God bless you 🙂

    Donna Miller
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    Donna Miller

    I love this post Diane. So many times we think that waiting is different from what it truly is. It is truly not a time of inactivity, but a season of prayer and preparation. Beautiful post sweet sister! ❤

    mareedee2016
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    I will miss you! I need to ponder taking a bit of time off too. This was a great post on waiting. You explained it so well. Thank you. Pinned it.

    Jessie | One Lost Coin
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    Jessie | One Lost Coin

    I love how you say that the way to know if you are following Him is to study His word. Sometimes I pray and pray and feel like I don’t hear anything. Then I remember to dive into His Word and I have answers in minutes!

    HopeJoyInChrist
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    I think this part of the definition hit closest to home ” It describes eager anticipation”. I don’t often eagerly anticipate what I am waiting on from God. The answers seem too big or the situation so outrageous that I wait in fear… thanks for the encouragement to wait with faith.

    Elizabeth
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    I love this, so many good thoughts. I just did a long blog post about waiting on God too, must be the season for it and you’ve covered so many aspects I just haven’t thought of. Sharing for sure.

    HISsparrowBlog
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    I needed this encouragement today, and I especially appreciated this paragraph: You see, many times when we are waiting for God to act, we fear because we worry He won’t do things the way WE want! If we trust and put our faith in the fact that if God acts according to His will it is always best, we won’t fear the outcome. You hit the nail on the head as they say with this post.