Wait on the Lord,And keep His way,And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
The greatest quality of God, lies in the intergrity of His word (Psalm 138:2), for His words are flawless (Proverb 30:5), and a definition of the manifestation of His presence (Psalm 12:6). The word of God reveals the personality of God, His promises, and the assurance of the legitimacy of these promises ( Psalm 12:6, Joshua 21:45, Romans 4:21).
Waiting on the Lord, is the conscious decision taken to walk in the timing of God. The promises of God are time based by nature, hence we are expected to align ourselves to these promises, by keeping His way till the appointed time.
There are many lamentions today, which are consequences of the fact that many people want God to operate in their own timing, hence they label God as being slow to act with respect to their demands (2 Peter 3:9).
However, it is important for believers to note these salient points listed under the various sub headings;
HOW DO WE WAIT ON THE LORD?
1. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD:
The knowledge of God comes with the act of seeking Him, by deploying the absoluteness of our hearts, that we may find Him, and encounter His presence (Jeremiah 29:13).
Moreover, the knowledge of God places a believer in a position of strenght, which produces power, boldness, courage, tenacity, patience, and firmness (stability). A believer who knows God cannot be wearied out (Daniel 11:32, Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 41:10).
2. ABSOLUTE TRUST ON THE WORD OF GOD:
Trusting in the word of God, is a consequence of a believers knowledge of the Father (God). The word of God is a revelation of His personality and promises. The assurance of His promises, is tied to the intergrity of His personality, which is revealed by the flawlesssness of His word. A believers trust in the absolute word of God, produces hope, faith, and assurance, which places him/her at an advantaged position to receive from God (Hebrews 11:6, Psalm 9:10, Jeremiah 29:11).
Obedience is an act of keeping the way of the Lord, while waiting for the manifestation of His personality and promises, which is a consequence of the knowledge of the Father (God), and the belief on His word. A believers obedience to the word of God, places him/her in a state of submission (yielding) to God, which produces wisdom, understanding, insight, leading or direction (Proverbs 3:5-6, 1John 5:14, John 14:6).
Prayer is an act of submitting our requests or petitions to God, which is precedented by the knowledge of the Father (God), absolute trust in His word, and obedience to His word. These precedents are qualities that guarantee the effectiveness of a believers prayer, when he/she waits on the Lord. Prayer places a believer in a state where he/she seats with God, and this produces communication with God, exercising the rights and privileges of sonship (authority), practical trust (affixing your gaze on Him), knowledge of the mind and will of God concerning any given situation, and assurances by God to fulfill His promises in due season (1 John 5:14-15, 1 Chronicles 16:11, Mark 11, Psalm 145:18).
Thanksgiving is the consequence and product of faith. Just like a double edged sword, the consequence of faith keeps a believer in a perpetual state of thanksgiving, in anticipation for what God will do in that particular situation, with reference to the desire of the believer. This means that, the believer is thankful to God before the receipt of his/her desires. Moreover, the product of faith, is the reality of the results as provided by God, with respect to the request of the believer. Thanksgiving places a believer in a state of continous worship, and praise, which produces reverence for God, honour of His word, proof of a believers confidence in God, focus on God, irrespective of the prevailing circumstances ( Ephesians 5:20, Hebrews 13:5, Collosians 4:2).
BENEFITS OF WAITING ON THE LORD
1. It produces strength (Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 27:13-14).
2. It produces patience (James 5:7-8, Psalm 130:5-6, Psalm 37:7).
3. It produce endurance ( Romans 5:3-4, Collosians 1:11, Psalm 62:5-6).
4. It produces and refines character ( Romans 5:3-4, Psalm 25:4-5, Proverbs 20:22).
5. It positions a believer to experience and receive the goodness of God ( Lamentations 3:25, James 5:11, Psalm 37:34).
6. It leads to a glorious and victorious living (Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 37:34, Psalm 37:9).
However, waiting on the Lord, is the characteristic of every genuine believer who desires to serve the Lord faithfully.
God bless you.