Waiting for God to answer, help, and deliver us takes several stages to attain a breakthrough. The A’s of waiting: (1) Ask; (2) Acknowledge; (3) Accept; and (4) Await. Firstly, we are in a situation in which only God can help and/or deliver us. We acknowledge that and ask Him for His help. When we do, our flesh expects an immediate response or resolution. As we walk and experience God more and more throughout our lives, we come to a realization that a response or deliverance is usually not immediate! Why? We have to develop faith and trust in and with God. We have to truly hand over our problems to Him and let Him fix them. As impatient human beings, we tend to meddle, give things to God but then become impatient because we want something yesterday and try to fix it ourselves. As we wait upon the Lord for resolutions, we have to learn it is best to wait, no matter how hard and trying it may be, but to wait for His timing and to have complete faith and hope knowing that He is working on things and orchestrating a breakthrough for our problems. God stands on His Word, His promises, and for those who wait on Him will be strengthened in more ways than one.
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired.” Isaiah 40:31 (AMP) But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (NLT)
Per an article written by Evie Megginson at Sermon Central, we will be strengthened internally, physically, upwardly, and onwardly. Our heart, spirit, and soul, our faith, our hope, our trust in Him, will be strengthened. We will be strengthened physically. As we wait upon the Lord, we learn to physically depend on Him each day to get through the day. To spend time with Him, talking, reading His promises, meditating, disciplining ourselves to wait; to wait with gratitude, to wait with peace, to wait with expectancy. We will be strengthened upwardly. We will soar like eagles. We are not of this world. We are to be heavenly. Therefore, while we wait here on earth, our eyes and hearts are focused and aiming upwards. We are looking up to soar with strength. We have God in us, God is beside us, and God strengthens and carries us. Our strength comes from Him. Those days when we lack hope and patience, we stay focused and ask God for physical strength to wait with grace and He provides! While waiting, that is when we become more like Him, we are developing better character, and are being transformed and learning that God is in control and that He is taking care of us and strengthening us and developing our trust, our hope, our expectancy, and our need of Him. Lastly, we are strengthened onwardly. When we go forth one day at a time, we are strengthened knowing that God is there. He has been there, is by our side, and will always be there. When we learn to wait and gain trust in waiting on the Lord, we are able to apply those times waiting to future times when we will have to wait. There will be future waiting times! To wait is to expect with hope.
“Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (AMP) Don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes, wait and He will help you. (TLB) “Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.” (MSG)
“Our waiting on God will depend greatly on our faith of what He is,” Andrew Murray, Waiting on God: The Almighty One, CBN.
There are so many facets of God’s strength that He provides for us; that is instilled in us. At times it is so tempting to give up and take things back into our own hands because we think we can fix it quicker or better, but this just prolongs God’s best for us; His resolution for us. Some days will be great, full of expecting and knowing God is working on things. Other days our hope and confidence may be tested and low. Doubt tries to creep in, but we stay focused upon the Lord and remember each day to keep our eyes on Him and choose to believe that our Father is taking care of things. He knows all. Yes, waiting is hard. Yes, waiting is challenging. Yes, waiting is character building. However, waiting is a prime opportunity to get to know God more, on a very intimate level; to spend even more time with Him; to search Him; to depend on Him. In times of waiting, there is a special opportunity to feel His comfort, His love and know His heart. If it were not for times of waiting, we would not develop into stronger children of God. If we did not have times of waiting, then we would not rely on or need or depend on God. Waiting, more ways than one, derives and develops strength, a God-given strength, a feeling as if you can soar like an eagle.
…He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath. And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. Isaiah 40:28-31 (MSG)
‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’ Isaiah 41:10 (AMP) “…I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you…” (NLV) “…I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” (MSG)
“Still, the Lord is true to His promises; He will hold you up and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (VOICE) But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you [setting you on a firm foundation]… (AMP) “…He will make you strong…” (TLB)
The following are lyrics to a song by Fred Hammond, called “They That Wait”:
They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings just like an eagle at soar. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and never faint they that wait on the Lord. And I say wait on the Lord.
Hold on a little while longer. Here’s what you got to do. Trust and believe my friend. He’ll work it our for you. One thing you must remember, my God is able and He cares for you. He cares for you.
Wait on the Lord and He will come through. Wait on the Lord He will answer you. Wait on the Lord and He won’t be long. Wait on the Lord…
Joyce Meyer shared, “Any time you become frustrated and start trying to make things happen on your own, it is a sure sign you are not being patient with God. You need to practice waiting on God and let Him do what He wants to do, in His way and time. The best definition of patience I have ever heard is ‘to be constant or to be the same all the time, no matter what is going on.’ Patience is not merely waiting; it is how you act while you are waiting.”
Mrs. Meyers further stated, “The hardest thing most of us will ever have to do as Christians is wait on the Lord. You will undoubtedly have to wait on many things during your lifetime. Waiting is not optional. But it is during the waiting periods of life that the most powerful things will happen within you.”
“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (AMP)
Dear Lord, Thank you for opportunities to wait on you. Thank you for these times you so graciously strengthen us. Thank you Lord for the faith, hope, and confidence knowing you are working on things and you will continue to strengthen us physically, inwardly, upwardly, and onwardly as we wait for our deliverance, our breakthrough, our resolution. Thank you Lord for taking caring of us and for causing our growth in hope, faith, and trust in you. Thank you for knowing all and what is best for each one of us. Amen.