To wait on God is to see Him as the greatest solution to a problem. To wait on God is to put hope in Him above all other things. To wait is to hope, and this is not the unsure “I hope this works” kind of hope. This hope is an affirmation of the certainty and unfailing trust that we have in God.
Do you wait on God? Do you persist in prayer expectantly before an answer comes? Or do you give up waiting on God after a few days? Do you wait on God and look to Him throughout your day for your joy? Or are you waiting on a text, facebook message, or a certain number of “likes” on your last tweet to bring you a sense of happiness? A lack of waiting on God reveals that you are not convinced that He is reliable in answering prayers or bringing true joy to His children.
The unfortunate reality is, we are all prone to wait (and hope in) many other things besides God. We habitually wait on a change in circumstances, money, a person, or an opportunity as solutions to our problems. It does not come naturally to wait on God. Rather, waiting on God is a spiritual discipline that is to be cultivated, not something we can expect will happen automatically.
This is why the Bible is filled with verses about waiting on the Lord. Here are a few of them for you to meditate on:
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.