One of the hardest things to do as Christians is to ‘wait’ upon the Lord. We usually pray for something and we expect to get it in the time that we think that we need it. Its difficult to wait on God’s timing.
Most of the difficulty, I believe, starts because we misunderstand that the bible means with ‘wait’. It doesn't mean sit tight and get frustrated. For example, you a praying for God to give you a promotion at your job. God says to wait upon His timing. God is NOT telling you to stop working and sit at home and wait for a job opportunity to fall into your lap. God is expecting you to keep working hard and wait with faith until the time comes that He promotes you. ‘Waiting upon the Lord’ means believing that God is faithful in answering prayers while you are still working hard and with integrity.
Now the second difficult thing is the question ‘why’; why should I wait upon the Lord. Ever heard the term ‘good things come to those who wait’. Did you know that this saying comes from lamentations 3:25: “The Lord is good to those who wait on Him, to the person the seeks Him.” Other translations say that the Lord is good to those who depend, or trust, or whose hope is in Him. Waiting means to trust, hope and depend that God will keep His promises. He will do what He said He is going to do.
When the Israelites came out of Egypt and were wondering in the dessert, they had built a tabernacle, The Tent of Meeting. God’s presence would literally fill up this place and it was called ‘the most holy place’. In that room lied the Ark of the Covenant as well. God promised that He would be with the Israelites all the way true. He guided them by day with a pillar of cloud and by night a pillar of fire. The interesting thing was that the Israelites would ONLY move when the pillar moved. They would dismantle the entire tabernacle and move when the pillar started to move and wherever the pillar stopped, they would stop as well and rebuilt the Tent of Meeting. If the pillar moved just a couple of miles or if it moved one day and then moved again a few hours later, the Israelites would deconstruct the entire tabernacle and move it. They wouldn’t move unless the cloud moved. They knew, they understood the importance of waiting on the Lord. They believed that God is sovereign and that He knew best where they needed to go and when. They trusted in Him.
When Noah had gotten orders from God to built the Ark where he and his family and a male and female of every animal would go into in the time of the great flood, Noah had to wait 120 years before the flood actually came. Abraham was 75 years old when God had told him that he would be a father of many nations. 15 years later God renewed His promise and 10 years later, Isaac was born. Some of Isaiah prophecies took 700 years before they came to be. Although they had to wait all these years, these man never lost their faith; they never stopped believing, trusting, hoping and depending on God. And what happened? God came through; God kept His word just like He always had done and always will continue to do.
My friend, we too must wait upon the Lord. We can trust that He knows which direction we have to take and therefore there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.