A very common statement among Christians is “waiting on God”. If not all, then most Christians and churches use this statement. In most cases it’s referring to a period of fasting and prayers. Some people go to mountains to wait on God, while others dive deep into the bush to do their waiting. Churches can also be good venues for this solemn activity, where one is determined to have an intimate fellowship with the Holy Ghost or to seek the will of God.
However, let me state that waiting can and should be done on day to day basis. It shouldn’t necessarily require long days away from home. The Holy Ghost wants to have continues fellowship with you and I, so we must wait on God daily. In the next six paragraphs I’m going to share on ways in which we can wait on God for excellent results.
As I stated in the paragraph above, waiting involves prayer. “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” (Psa. 25:4-5) David is praying and waiting all day. We should likewise wait on God daily with prayer mode activated. It doesn’t mean you should substitute everything for prayer. You can pray in tongues while you do other things. Just as you can sing in the shower you can pray in tongues in the shower or kitchen or while driving.
The name of the process “waiting on God” is self-explanatory. Waiting is always unsuccessful without patience. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…” (Psa. 37:7) Sometimes we want quick responds and miracles but God works rightly. “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.” (Psa. 145:15)God responds in due seasons. The fact that we are in need doesn’t mean God can be manipulated to provide at any time. Patience is a key ingredient in Christianity.
Another very powerful component of waiting is quietness. “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lam. 3:26) It is wisdom to learn quietness. I’ve often told people who say they cannot hear God’s voice to learn quietness. How can you hear God when you are busy babbling?
Hosea says, “So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.” (Hos. 12:6)Christianity is not a one day affair, therefore it’s essential to wait continually. Again, if we are waiting on God for a particular request we ought to continue till we see the results or get a confirmation. No woman delivering a baby will stop in the middle of the process to walk to eat kenkey. Till the baby is out you CONTINUE to PUSH.
A man having sex will not attempt sending or receiving emails at the same time. Until the sex is finished business and other matters can wait. In the same manner single-mindedness is highly required in waiting. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” (Psa. 62:5) All necessary distraction should be avoided for maximum concentration on God.
Waiting on God is a life style which demands expectancy. Hoping and trusting God for His response is denominator of this spiritual activity. “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us.” (Psa. 123:2) Expectant people aren’t easily overcome by frustrations and unnecessary desperation because they are positioned to hear God. Expectation however involves total reliance and confident pursuance which doesn’t fail.
My last words on waiting will be the very words of Isaiah the Prophet “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isa. 40:31)
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