The Frustration of Waiting on the Lord

“But I don’t want to wait”, my oldest says. “I’m just so hungry. I’m starving!”, as if to make her final plea before backing down to obey her mother who said “no” to that snack of goldfish before dinner.

Waiting isn’t easy. Whether it be a child or adult, it’s hard to submit to the answer of “no” or “not yet”. In fact, I have wasted so much energy thinking about the thing I’m waiting for by asking questions that are impossible to answer like “what if”, “maybe if”, “could it be”, “should I be”…

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

If you read the ESV and KJV version of this verse it says “…wait for the Lord” instead of “hope in the Lord”. Those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. In other words, strength comes from waiting. This seems so contrary to what my mind wants to naturally believe. How can strength come from waiting- a place that seems to bring so much confusion and frustration as if to say, “do something!”? So I went to hunt down what scripture meant by “wait on the Lord” through referencing Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary. Below you will see the definition of the word “wait”.

To Wait: to expect fully; to be an attendant (p  553,1247)

I find it interesting that the words to describe “wait” are verbs. Remember I mentioned how waiting can be frustrating because it causes us to want to do something? By definition, God IS calling us to do something in our waiting: to fully expect that he will produce a harvest and to be present in the waiting by trusting fully that he will work all things out for our good if we love him. (John15, Romans 8:28 NIV)

While this doesn’t make waiting easier, it does give us insight that can help us when pouring out that frustration from the waiting. Instead of using up our energy with questions that will never satisfy, we can fill up by claiming truths about who God is for us and to us. Waiting isn’t a posture of standing lifeless waiting for something to fall into our lap. Instead, waiting is standing with the FULL armor of God in expectation that our God always comes through.

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